Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Helene

      2018 Joint Fundraiser for Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers   02/03/2018

      We have launched our 2018 Fundraiser.  To donate, please see the instructions on our home page for checks (US dollars only) and credit card donations via PayPal.  We close the fundraiser as soon as we raise enough to sustain us for the next year, and we thank you for your support!


Senior Member
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About silvermash

  • Rank
    Bronze Circle

Registration Profile Information

  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
  • City**
  • State (US only)**, Country (Outside US only)**

Recent Profile Visitors

684 profile views
  1. 2018-19 Season

    I think what Nureyev brought from what he learnt from his time at Kirov is just fine, it's his own additions and reworked of choreographical aspects which are debatable... The third act of Raymonda is indeed beautiful, Bayadère as well and it's his most achieved ballet IMO... Swan Lake has some issues, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella, well.... Staging is often questioned but the choreography is really unrealistic...
  2. 2018-19 Season

    the season is online https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-18-19/ballet
  3. 2017-18 Season

    It's been long since Marie-Agnès Gillot has danced a classial ballet , in Paris at least... I think it was in Cinderella in 2011. She has danced Myrtha in Giselle though in the 2012 US Tour and 2013 Australian Tour
  4. 2017-18 Season

    Dupont is doing the casting but Reid Anderson came last November to check the dancers
  5. 2017-18 Season

    We all have personal taste and me too I think Hervé Moreau was really good in Onegin but this is not enough to qualify him as the artist of the company! He has cancelled so many times, so often at the last minute putting his colleagues (partners and substitutes) in difficult situations with side effects on the audience too! Someone who has shown up so little on stage in so few ballets can of cause keep an aura but, to my opinion, he doesn’t deserve it.
  6. 2017-18 Season

    No, I was just asking, because most of what you had written at first looked so odd to me. You have considerably edited your post and most of it has been erased, I don't really want to comment your taste... Anyway, in my opinion, Mathieu Ganio is an elegant dancer that I like to watch in classical pieces for his refinement, his delicacy of movement and he is an excellent partner. He is yes a good representative of the French style, but he’s neither a great actor (although he tends to improve), neither a great technician. Hervé Moreau? I don't know... He is the Ghost of the opera. His most popular role is probably… himself in the Défilé! He must have danced in not more than 20 programmes or so since he has been made Etoile in 2006. That night was the last time I saw him in a classical ballet and this run of Bayadère (March 2006) was indeed the last time he danced a classical role in Paris!!! If he is not cast in Onegin (where he was quite good indeed), it is because he can’t simply perform and in fact, it would have been reasonable for him and honest to the company, to resign years ago, as Jean-Guillaume Bart did.
  7. 2017-18 Season

    Are you being humorous?
  8. 2018-19 Season

    Yes Fancy free is new to the repertoire... and is far from the culture of POB dancers but most of the new pieces on the list are... Well, why new choreography of Les Noces or Bolero? Because the music is available perhaps... Mats Ek likes to revisit classics so it's no news...
  9. 2018-19 Season

    Additionally, two other programmes are announced for I guess the season 2019-2020 (but are in the 2018-2019 brochure) In September 2019 Hiroshi Sugimoto/William Forsythe Alessio Silvestrin : At the Hawk’s Well William Forsythe : Blake Works I In October 2019 Crystal Pite Creation
  10. 2018-19 Season

    Here it is *Martha Graham Dance Company Cave of the heart/Ekstasis(Virginie Mécène after Martha Graham)/Lamentation variation(Nicolas Paul after Martha Graham)/the rite of spring Appalachian spring/Ekstasis(Virginie Mécène after Martha Graham)/Lamentation variation (Nicolas Paul after Martha Graham)/the rite of spring *Ohad Naharin : Decadance *Hommage à Jerome Robbins Afternoon of a faun/A Suite of dances/Fancy free/Glass Pieces *Rudolf Nureyev : Cendrillon *John Neumeier : La Dame aux camélias *Rudolf Nureyev : Le Lac des cygnes *Goecke / Lidberg / Cherkaoui Marco Goecke : - (création) Pontus Lidberg : Les noces (création) Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui : Faun *Rosas Six Concerto Brandbourgeois *Spectacle de l’École de danse Beatrice Massin/Nicolas Paul : D’ores et déjà Bournonville : Conservatoire Haveline : Les deux pigeons *Leon-Lightfoot / Van Manen Sol Leon/Paul Lightfoot : Sleight of Hand/Speak for Yourself Hans Van Mannen : Trois gnossiennes *Iolanta / Casse-Noisette (Cherkaoui/Lock/Pita) *Mats Ek Another place (création) Boléro (création) *Wayne McGregor : Tree of Codes
  11. 2017-18 Season

    Lacotte' Sylphide is not currently that forgotten as it has been in the repertoire of seasons 2012-2013 and 2016-2017. It has been presented in Japan in 2017 and was supposed to be part of the cancelled 2018 US tour. POB had his Paquita during seasons 2007-2008, 2010-2011, 2014-2015 and has toured to Canada, China and Russia... So Lacotte is not forgotten either
  12. 2017-18 Season

    It’s not really that because most of the dancers chosen by Ekman are excellent, a lot of experienced sujets that have had solo roles before in classical ballets, they are excellent in the classics but they preferred to do a creation, because the work is more exciting than to be a torero or a dryad in Don Quixote. There are also new promising dancers. The casting of Don Quixote this year, with a small group of dancers dancing all the interesting roles in turns (Etoiles dancing Cupidon, Premières danseuses dancing Kitri’s friends, etc.), not giving the chance to others to show what they can do, is not going to change the interest for contemporary work.
  13. 2017-18 Season

    Well she chose Alexander Ekman and he did the same kind of piece he is used to with a different theme but with more or less the same tricks so she has all reasons to be happy. It is also a great success, standing ovation nearly each night (dancers at the end are “playing” balls with the audience so it might be a reason of this popular excitement). I’m not sure ballet goers are so happy. This is a very entertaining piece, with spectacular and some beautiful visual moments, a very moving pas de deux Mats Ek style in the second act, but all and all, there is little dance, especially at the level expected by and for Paris Opera Ballet dancers. Most of the dance is superficial. The “play” theme is also, from my point of view, explored at a very basic level, not very satisfying intellectually speaking (when you’re young, you play, it’s fun, when you’re old, you work and it’s boring). My personal opinion is that Alexander Ekman failed to adapt to the level of POB dancers, he just made a piece of his own style, effective, but with little will to understand the particularity of the company. Up to me, creations should be a collaboration of both. It has been filmed so everyone will be able soon to have a personal opinion
  14. 2017-18 Season

    I saw the December 25th performance. It was alright but no memorable, from both sides. Mathieu Ganio is a danseur noble and Basilio is not his best role, He lacks energy, speed and a big jump. However, his dance is very classy, the epitome of French style. That was a culture shock with Isabella Boylston. I found she lacked speed but she has a stage presence, however a little bit too showy for a performance with an entire cast with different stage culture. Her Kitri was not very well defined from theatrical point of view. Technically, she was very nervous in the third act despite Ganio being a very good partner… Well, I had seen Ludmila Pagliero the day before and I believe she’s for me the perfect Kitri (despite not very well partnered in the Xmas eve performance by a young choryphée), so it might also be the difference between the two which tempered my views on the ABT dancer.
  15. 2017-18 Season

    Four (Karl Paquette as basilio ) ... It's not unusual to have an Etoile dancing Queen of the Dryads