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#1 cygneblanc

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Posted 13 January 2003 - 03:33 PM

It looks like she has been removed from her position of Ballet du Nord's (in Roubaix, France) artistic Director.
www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=6091e1d4-c0d7-4707-a995-86c7ba8865f9
It has something to do with moral harassment. After the National Ballet of Marseille (Marie-Claude Pietragalla's company), the school of the POB, here's a new issue of moral harassment:(
Well, I don't really know what to say :confused: . Mlle Pietragalla as an explanation told she had been treating her dancers of the same way Nureev had treated the POB's ones.
Nothing in the french press yet.

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Posted 14 January 2003 - 12:17 AM

Thanks for the information, cygneblanc, probably if she was forced to resign, there will be some information about it in the French press soon...

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Posted 14 January 2003 - 01:01 AM

I made an error while entering theURL, Estelle, I'm sorry!:) I edited a new one, and it is working , at least now! The article was published in The Times of London yesterday monday 13th)

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Posted 14 January 2003 - 01:37 AM

Thanks, now it works!
The Ballet du Nord really has had a troubled history: the death of Alfonso Cata, the firing of Jean-Paul Comelin after some financial problems, the Preljocaj controversy, and now Delente resigning... I hope that the company will not disappear. And I already found it a bit sad that it changed from a real ballet company to a one-choreographer company (though I liked some of Delente's works- but she really isn't a ballet choreographer).

About Marseille, I don't know much about the moral harassment problems, but I'm not sure that Pietragalla's apology ("I did what Nureyev did") makes much sense, as the context is very different, and also Nureyev's directorship didn't end exactly well... And in my opinion, some problems there might be her repertory choices (no consistent style, and a lot of works which are in my opinion second-rate), and the fact that she tried to d too many things at the same time (performing and choreographing and being the director of the company and the school
and dancing with other companies as a guest, etc.) Being a company director should be a full-time job.

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Posted 15 January 2003 - 12:05 PM

An article in Le Monde (for those of you who don't understand french, actually that article isn't saying some really new things :
[url]www.lemonde.fr/

I tried to put a direct link, but I'm sorry it doesn't work . Once you're on the Webpage of Le MOnde, please scroll down and under the heading "politique culturelle", you will find the article:D

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Posted 15 January 2003 - 04:14 PM

Here's a link to the article:

http://www.lemonde.f...305586-,00.html

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Posted 28 January 2003 - 02:15 PM

Former POB principal Jean Guizerix has been promoted at the position of temporary manager of the Ballet du Nord as a replacement for Maryse Delente.

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Posted 28 January 2003 - 02:30 PM

Thanks for the news, cygneblanc!

We'll see what Jean Guizerix will be doing (and also what financial means he'll be given, and what are the ministry's plans), but in my opinion that sounds like a good decision. Guizerix has no experience of leading a company, as far as I know, but he's been an assistant ballet master at the POB for a while, has a long experience as a teacher (especially at the Conservatoire) and a real interest for the repertory. I have a very good memory of the few performances of him that I saw (he officially retired from the Paris Opera in 1990, when he turned 45, but he and his wife Wilfride Piollet still perform from time to time, also he commissionned several solos from contemporary choreographers), some of them had a pedagogical side which was very interesting (presenting different solos from various periods and explaining the context or reading some texts about it).

I really hope that he'll be able to do something good at the Ballet du Nord, it must be hard to work in such a situation... And I hope that the Ballet du Nord won't disappear (as it might be tempting for some institutions to cut their subsidies) and that it will have an interesting repertory- "repertory" companies (as opposed to one-choreographer companies) are so rare in France nowadays!


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