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ABT in Paris (Opera Bastille) 9/2016


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I predict ABT will tour Paris Opera Garnier as a guest company and part of POB 2016/17 season in early September 2016 for 2 weeks. The reconstructed Beauty will be part of the tour. If my prediction is correct, Paris will host NYCB & ABT back-to-back in 2016.

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If that were to be the case - and it is September - it wouldn't be entirely 'back to back' as the NYCB dates are 28/6 - 16/7/16 and are at the Chatalet which I assume means they are being privately sponsored. As such I assume NYCB are definitely NOT being presented under the direct auspices - although I'm certain with the unquestioned sympathy - of the POB. As it is the Chatalet holds a long tradition of a summer dance residence. (SFB was memorably there last summer with a set of 38 different programmes. The Alvin Ailey Company are there this summer. Sadly after the NYCB presentation in 2016 the Chatalet - itself a historic venue associated with dance - will close for a couple years of refurbishment.)

One thing I do think might count against ABT SPECIFICALLY presenting Ratmansky's SB in Paris - and I would love it if they were to as I would very much like to catch up with the Company within easier (to be read more affordable) reach of my own home in London - is the fact that it is a co-production with La Scala and I'm fairly certain that the Italian Company would have the exclusive European rights to any presentation of that specific piece of the Ratmansky oeuvre given their initial artistic and fiscal investment in it.

As it is La Scala itself danced Giselle with Zakharova in Paris last season so they are not an uncommon guest in the City of Light. Zakharova is a La Scala etoile and is scheduled to open Ratmansky's SB production at the famed Milan theatre this year performing on 26th September as well as on 2nd and 6th October 2015. Currently she is scheduled to be partnered by David Hallberg who will be a guest with that Company as he has been in the past. Should Hallberg sadly be required for health considerations to withdraw from his La Scala commitment as he was with this season's ABT turn at the Met, I'm sure Roberto Bolle (a principal with both ABT and La Sala) might well step in as he oft partners the Russian dancer there.

Such a proculsion vis a vis Ratmansky's SB would be in a similar vein to that under which the RB is understandably not able to present either Wheeldon's Alice or Winter's Tale in NYC or LA given that it is a co-production with the NBoC and therefore the North American rights legally fall under the latter's territorial remit.

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If that were to be the case - and it is September - it wouldn't be entirely 'back to back' as the NYCB dates are 28/6 - 16/7/16 and are at the Chatalet which I assume means they are being privately sponsored. As such I assume NYCB are definitely NOT being presented under the direct auspices - although I'm certain with the unquestioned sympathy - of the POB. As it is the Chatalet holds a long tradition of a summer dance residence. (SFB was memorably there last summer with a set of 38 different programmes. The Alvin Ailey Company are there this summer. Sadly after the NYCB presentation in 2016 the Chatalet - itself a historic venue associated with dance - will close for a couple years of refurbishment.)

One thing I do think might count against ABT SPECIFICALLY presenting Ratmansky's SB in Paris - and I would love it if they were to as I would very much like to catch up with the Company within easier (to be read more affordable) reach of my own home in London - is the fact that it is a co-production with La Scala and I'm fairly certain that the Italian Company would have the exclusive European rights to any presentation of that specific piece of the Ratmansky oeuvre given their initial artistic and fiscal investment in it.

As it is La Scala itself danced Giselle with Zakharova in Paris last season so they are not an uncommon guest in the City of Light. Zakharova is a La Scala etoile and is scheduled to open Ratmansky's SB production at the famed Milan theatre this year performing on 26th September as well as on 2nd and 6th October 2015. Currently she is scheduled to be partnered by David Hallberg who will be a guest with that Company as he has been in the past. Should Hallberg sadly be required for health considerations to withdraw from his La Scala commitment as he was with this season's ABT turn at the Met, I'm sure Roberto Bolle (a principal with both ABT and La Sala) might well step in as he oft partners the Russian dancer there.

Such a proculsion vis a vis Ratmansky's SB would be in a similar vein to that under which the RB is understandably not able to present either Wheeldon's Alice or Winter's Tale in NYC or LA given that it is a co-production with the NBoC and therefore the North American rights legally fall under the latter's territorial remit.

If the tour were to happen, part of the company would probably be in Paris in August to conduct auditions for supernumeraries and children (the production employs tons of them) and to handle logistics. So it's technically correct that Paris will host NYCB and ABT "back-to-back" from June to September.

Just because RB & NBoC have a certain co-production rights sharing agreement, that doesn't mean ABT and La Scala would have a similar agreement. May be ABT is the senior partner bearing more costs and, therefore, entitling to more rights? We'll find out on Feb. 10 when POB announces the 16/17 season.

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There's a possibility that there will be cuts, at least for the evening performances.  Because of a law prohibiting children performing after 8pm.  I am not sure whether such a law is local or national.  So if it's true, Ogre and Hop-o'-my-Thumb will definitely be cut, may be the Garland Waltz will be affected too.  Does anyone remember any POB productions featuring children after 8pm?

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4 hours ago, mussel said:

There's a possibility that there will be cuts, at least for the evening performances.  Because of a law prohibiting children performing after 8pm.  I am not sure whether such a law is local or national.  So if it's true, Ogre and Hop-o'-my-Thumb will definitely be cut, may be the Garland Waltz will be affected too.  Does anyone remember any POB productions featuring children after 8pm?

The last act of Paquita has the children's mazurka. 

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Looking again at this clip of the fairies I'm really struck by how musical the original choreography is.  It makes me think of Balanchine, and of Mark Morris -- artists who really listen to the music.

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8 hours ago, naomikage said:

Diamond variation video on Paris Opera Ballet's youtube channel. Who is dancing?

 

 

 

That is so special -- I love the versions of SB that I've seen over the years, but this is just astonishing

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This rehearsal footage shows up close the remarkable artistry of Sarah Lane: her quick, light feet; her fluid upper body; her gorgeous arms; her ability to sustain balances; her musicality; all within strict adherence to the Ratmansky choreography. If she isn't promoted to principal dancer in the next year, I will totally lose my respect for ABT's artistic direction.

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