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2005-2006 season for French companies and theaters

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The 2005-2006 season of the Ballet de Bordeaux can be seen on the Opera de Bordeaux web site (though actually it's not very easy to see this, as so far I've been able to access it only in a listing of all performances in Bordeaux...)

It will include:

-"The Sleeping Beauty" (Dec 15-31), choreography by Charles Jude after Marius Petipa (14 performances)

-a mixed bill (Jan 22- Feb 2) including Balanchine's "Serenade" and "Sonatine", Paul Taylor's "Aureole", Araiz's "Adagietto" and Limon's "The Moor's Pavane" (

-"Don Quixote" (Apr 21-28), choreographed by Charles Jude after Marius Petipa (7 performances, new production)

-a Ballets Russes program (June 9- 15) with Fokine's "Pétrouchka" and "Le Spectre de la Rose" and Balanchine's "Prodigal Son" (6 performances)

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The Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse also has announced its next season. It will include four programs:

-a mixed bill with Peter Martins's "Fearful Symmetries", Nils Christe's "Before nightfall" and Hans Van Manen's "Black Cake" (Oct 22-23)

-John Cranko's "Taming of the Shrew" (Nov 30- Dec 4)

-the ballet will be involved in the opérette by Lehar "The Merry Widow" (Dec 23-31)

-a mixed bill with Davide Bombana's "Carmen" (world premiere) and Uwe Scholz's "Beethoven 7" (Mar 10-12)

-a mixed bill with Luca Masala's "Nougaro" (world premiere- Claude Nougaro was a famous singer from Toulouse, who died last year), Michel Kelemenis' "Kiki la Rose", Mauro Bigonzetti's "Orma" and Mauricio Wainrot's "The Rite of Spring" (Apr 20-23)

I find a bit sad that the company's repertory, which used to include quite a lot of works by Balanchine (and also some Tudor and Ashton) and some full-length classical works ("Giselle", "Coppélia", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Cinderella"...) now seems to focus more and more on contemporary/ crossover works.

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