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Jim

08-02-01, 09:37 AM (GMT)
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"Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
 
   LAST EDITED ON 08-02-01 AT 09:38 AM (GMT)

"Lucien cannot believe that Paquita was born among gypsies. She wishes to show him the minature, but Iñigo, foreseeing the conversation, has filched it".

Having been mentored in my tender years by one for whom the Diaghilev-Ballets Russes epoch was a living memory, for me a visit to the Paris Palais Garnier was something of a pilgrimage. I could scarcely have chosen a more spectacular ballet for my first visit. The plot is simple. Paquita, a gypsy girl falls in love with Lucien, a general's son who is far above her station in life. The gypsy chief, Iñigo, has set his heart on Paquita and conspires to assassinate Lucien. Paquita overhears the conspiracy and swaps the drugged drinks in time. Paquita eventually discovers that she is in fact of noble birth and can, after all, marry Lucien with impunity. Indeed, Paquita's realisation of her true identity, when a cameo portrait in her locket matched the portrait of her father hung on the wall of the ballroom, was for me the big emotional fix if the evening - Agnès Letestu swooned most beautifully!

The simple plot is filled out with a number of pas de deux, pas de trois, virtuoso solos for Lucien (José Martinez) and Iñigo (Yann Saïs), and variations for bullfighters and the corps de ballet. All this was delightful and absorbing. There seems to be more room on the Paris stage than in London, and it all looked so clean and unclutterd and impeccably executed. I have always loved the form of the classical pas de trois, and the one in the first act (Cécile Sciaux, Géraldine Wiart and Emmanuel Thibault) was superb and deserves a special mention. Notable also was a polonaise for 18 pupils from the School of Dance: their ovation should do much to encourage them in their careers.

The climax of the ballet comes in the final act when the music of Deldevez is replaced by the more familiar melodies of Minkus for the Grand Pas de Deux. This was amazing - real gala night stuff that had the audience in raptures. I think Letestu is the perfect "turner" - her pirouettes, fouettées all revolved perfectly around her vertical axis without the hint of a wobble.

I'm prepared to consider that my emotions might have been accentuated by the excitement of going to Paris; by the lavish splendour of the Palais Garnier; the colourful, dazzling, beguiling costumes of the girls as they swirled around; and the the scintillating playing of the Orchestre Colonne (under David Coleman). Well, maybe. But isn't that what it's all about?

Man of the match

Any of the three principals were easily worthy of this esteemed honour. But I award it to Agnès for her charming swoon. In fact, I'm considering becoming a fan. But that would mean having to go again, wouldn't it....


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  RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Ann Williams 08-02-01 1
     RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Estelle 08-02-01 2
     RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 08-02-01 3
         RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Jim 08-02-01 4
         RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Catherine 08-02-01 5
             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 08-02-01 6
                 RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Catherine 08-02-01 7
                     RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Jim 08-02-01 8
                     RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 08-02-01 9
                         RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Catherine 08-02-01 10
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 09-02-01 11
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 11-02-01 12
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Jim 11-02-01 13
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 11-02-01 14
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 12-02-01 15
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Catherine 12-02-01 16
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 12-02-01 17
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Estelle 12-02-01 18
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Jim 12-02-01 19
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 12-02-01 20
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Catherine 13-02-01 21
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Kevin Ng 13-02-01 22
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 eugene 13-02-01 23
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 CHRISTOPHE 13-02-01 24
                             RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001 Viviane 13-02-01 25

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Ann Williams

08-02-01, 10:07 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Jim - thanks very much for these comments - makes me want to to Paris just to see it! See my additional link today for a NY Times review of Paquita.


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Estelle

08-02-01, 11:22 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Jim, thanks for your review. It's nice to see that you enjoyed "Paquita". I hope that you'll have other opportunities to go to Paris (you'll go there to see your favorite "Sylvie", won't you?)


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Viviane

08-02-01, 11:27 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Jim,

I love your posting so much !
Mixed with the "cascade-postings" from Cathérine and others, I'm convinced : Paquita is a must !
...and only 3.5 hours driving away....


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Jim

08-02-01, 11:52 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   LAST EDITED ON 08-02-01 AT 12:32 PM (GMT)

Viviane: Well, I should hurry up! I think there are only two more performances left (11 + 12 Fev)!

Estelle: Oui, j'étais dans ma septième ciel
Je reviendrai à Paris le 15 Mars pour voir Sylvie dans l'histoire de Manon Lescaut.

And I got a last-minute ticket to see Sylvie in London last night (Romeo and Juliet with Leriche) - it was only a "restricted view" but for only £3.00 (30 FF) who's complaining

Catherine: Je vous remercie pour tous vos conseils. Alors, je comprends très bien parce-que vous avez revu Paquita cinque fois


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Catherine

08-02-01, 12:25 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Viviane, hurry up if you want to see Paquita because I'm afraid he was complete.
You could try to have last-minute tickets 45' before beginning of the performance, but if you want really a ticket come on earlier, two hours before, they have always returned tickets at every prize.


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Viviane

08-02-01, 09:53 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   >You could try to have last-minute
>tickets 45' before beginning of
>the performance, but if you
>want really a ticket come
>on earlier, two hours before,
>they have always returned tickets
>at every prize.

Cathérine,
I'm planning an Parisian visit on Sunday !!!!!!!
I'm crossing my fingers concerning a ticket.
If it's a disappointment I'll visit the place I love most : St.Ouen.
Thank you so much for your valuable info !

Jim,
I send you a big kiss ! Your enthusiasm has persuade me !!


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Catherine

08-02-01, 10:00 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Viviane,
Try to call phone booking perhaps, could they have again one seat. If you don't have by this way. Try to arrive earlier as possible sunday to see Paquita, to be sure to have a seat
It's 33 8 36 69 78 68 for phone booking.


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Jim

08-02-01, 10:16 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   > I send you a big kiss !

Oooh, Viviane, I shall sleep more sweetly tonight for that


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Viviane

08-02-01, 10:17 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Thanks,
Phoning -first thing in the morning tomorrow- was already on my list.
I will travel by Thalys, so it's not so difficult to come earlier.
Until now it was not possible for me to book ahead in Paris or London. I was convinced that I could easily 'take a ballet' at one off my "duty-visits" : but this turns out all wrong !
In the meantime I was already 4 times in London...on a day RB was not performing !
This is getting VERY frustrating..so I think it's about time to undertake something...


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Catherine

08-02-01, 10:55 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Viviane, just a last detail, the matinee is at 3 pm sunday afternoon. Try to arrive for 12'.


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Viviane

09-02-01, 08:33 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Cathérine,
No return-tickets yet.
I had a very "aimable" gentleman on the phone who gives me the same advice as you did : "come as early as you can : there will be a lot of people"
At the end of last year people had a ticket but...no ballet performance...! so : I go for it !


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Viviane

11-02-01, 10:18 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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Thanks again Cathérine and Jim !!!!






I'll post something tomorrow...

Viviane.


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Jim

11-02-01, 10:28 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Viviane - it looks as if you might have got yourself a ticket

> Thanks again Cathérine and Jim
>!!!!
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> I'll post something tomorrow...
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> Viviane.
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Viviane

11-02-01, 10:31 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Yes Jim !!!!

I'm just 'back home' and.... exhausted !
Oh ! I'm afraid that ballet is again that "sweet,sweet danger" it was when I was 16 !...


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Viviane

12-02-01, 12:36 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   My "one-moment" decision to go and see Paquita turned out wonderful !
Although I had greatly under-estimated the stress of "hopefull waiting" -a couple of hours- in front of the gates of the Palais Garnier...(overshowerd by SMS-messages I received from my excited daughter!)

Buildings from the second half of the Ninetheenth Century are not my 'cup of tea'.
I always have problems with the bombastic and neo-baroque shapes.
Not at least because this has had such dramatic influence on the Italian forms.
Knowing the Garnier only from the outside,I have to admit that I was quite impressed by the beautiful stairwell !

There is already so much written about Paquita and I am SO HAPPY to say that this performance also filled me with excitement !
I have enjoyed it in a great way !

Clairemarie Osta was a beautiful Paquita -for me- the perfect ballerina-type for such a Romantic ballet : delicate, fine and joyful.
In my humble opinion she is a very versatile dancer and I found her also amazing in the mime-part : act I/deuxième tableau.
Jérémie Bélingard as Lucien was -in comparision with Osta- not convincing. During the whole performance I kept wondering 'why' ?
He is a very good dancer, but just don't moves you.
When I read the French comments on him I noticed that I'm not the only-one with this problem.
Someone said : "...when on stage with the corps de ballet, you have to "search for him"...and this is true.
He just couldn't put a strong character on stage. I had loved to see a more passionated aristocrat 'in love' !
Maybe he just had a bad day and was dancing on automatic-pilot ?
On the other hand : he seems to be still very young ?

If we speak about "sparkling" dancing I'm already looking out to see something more of Mallory Gaudion (pd3) ! What a heartwarming reaction went through the audience !

The scenery was great and stayed surprising until the end when the monumental staircase was revealed.
I particulary liked the gauze back-curtain (actII) who framed- during the dances of the young noblemen- the count, countess and their 'entourage' as it were 'tableaux vivants' !
The costumes were amazing in subtile colour shades and I loved the rustle of the silk ballroomdresses !

Paquita is a dazzling, joyful ballet with a gorgeous amount of real 'joie de vivre' and this makes it an unforgetable experience.
A performance you want to stay for a while in your seat before stepping -again- into the real world !
I'm afraid Paquita has conquered me...I'm already looking out to see Manon...!

(on my journey : Thalys brought me in 1hr.25 min.from Paris-Nord to Brussels...and it took me 1hr.10 min.to fill the 55km-gap between Brussels and my hometown...I had almost forgotten why our public transport is not my favourite !)


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Catherine

12-02-01, 02:48 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Happy to see that Paquita enjoyed you and that you have the same comments as us users of POB, instead you're coming just one time and discover like that Bélingard. I'm happy of your comment about him because I think absolutely like you. Good technically, but after ?
Bélingard is not very young, he must have 24 or 25 and at this age, too many dancers of POB were till étoile.
What do you think about Fanny Fiat and Mélanie Hurel ?


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Viviane

12-02-01, 03:40 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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>What do you think about Fanny
>Fiat and Mélanie Hurel ?
>

Cathérine,
To me, their "pas de trois" was a really GREAT treat!
They both found so much 'fun' in the dancing...and then you have magic !...I think.
This was such a special moment but everything was going so quick.
I just remember it as being "impeccable" !?

I have to admit I just don't know who was Fanny and who was Mélanie !
I thought I could learn from the second act, but I didn't see Mélanie. I was convinced that I had 'missed' her !
Only this morning I found out through the french postings,that she didn't appear in the grand pas.

On the other hand I think the pd3 was also a real gift to the dancers themselves ! This must be a joy to dance !
And Gaudion ! I wished I could see it a second time.

Thanks again for your valuable advice !
Viviane.


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Estelle

12-02-01, 04:18 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Viviane, it's nice to read that you enjoyed the ballet.

That "Paquita" seems to have received only positive comments so far- from the French and British posters on this site, and from the reviewers. Perhaps the POB should consider bringing that production on tour in the next seasons?


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Jim

12-02-01, 05:14 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   >Perhaps the POB should consider bringing that
>production on tour in the next seasons?

Ooooh! Yes please! Can you influence them?



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Viviane

12-02-01, 05:44 PM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Estelle,
I'm already looking forward to my next visit !

Jim,
In case they bring the production on tour : give me an alert !
This time I'll book immediately !


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Catherine

13-02-01, 00:13 AM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Fanny Fiat made the first variation, Mélanie Hurel the second. I hope she was not injuried because she didn't make grand pas yesterday afternoon it was Fanny Fiat who replaced her and tonight she didn't dance too.
I will be very surprised if they take a ballet like that on tour even it's a gorgeous ballet full of dance, details, music enjoyable.


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13-02-01, 01:36 AM (GMT)
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22. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   If POB can take Nureyev's sumptuous La Bayadere on tour, then there's no reason why it can't take this Paquita.


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eugene

13-02-01, 09:02 AM (GMT)
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23. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   I must have given the least enthusiastic albeit positive review of it. This ballet is not without its problems. In fact it is an acquired taste. I doubt this ballet would have much appeal beyoud the regular ballet crowd. People might find it amusing but I do not think it will get them seeing more ballet.

The real problem is that it does not have any dance sequence that is absolutely amazing. In fact it is full of the standard moves and variation you can see in any 19th Russian century ballet. There is a bit of "seen one, Seen them all" feel to this ballet. Niether is the music of any value. The latter aspect cannot be over estimated - it is name of the composer that probably influences non ballet enthusiasts people to go. This is why Giselle is often seen by sponser as a tough sale!


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13-02-01, 09:33 AM (GMT)
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24. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Dernière PAQUITA hier soir lundi 12 février, avec LETESTU et MARTINEZ.
J'ai vu en tout 5 représentations, 2 OSTA/LEGRIS, 1 GILLOT/BART
1 BELINGART/OSTA et celle d'hier soir, qui était à mon avis la meilleure en ce qui concerne le couple central, car le plus équilibré. On sentait tout de suite que l'on avait des danseurs étoiles devant soi, et le plaisir de danser de Mlle LETESTU et de Mr MARTINEZ était absolument évident. Ils étaient de plus excellents techniquement. On peut maintenant dresser un bilan de ces PAQUITA : d'abord, il était justifié de faire un tel spectacle, et l'on peut remercier Mlle LEFEVRE, Directrice de la danse, et Mr LACOTTE (qui était sur scène hier soir, au rideau final)pour cette initiative. Deuxième point, on ne s'ennuie pas un seul instant dans ce spectacle, et une reprise trés prochaine s'impose. De plus, des danseurs se sont distingués au cours de ces représentations, surtout 2 : Emmanuel THIBAULT dans le Pas de Trois du 1er acte, le meilleur danseur distribué dans ce role, et Gil ISOART pour INIGO. Je sais que Yann SAIZ n'est pas aimé d'une partie du public, mais sa pantomime hier soir n'était pas mal du tout. L'école du ballet s'est montrée à la hauteur de ces représentations, il ne faut tout de même pas oublier qu'ils sont tous trés, trés jeunes. Enfin, j'ai beaucoup aimé les décors et surtout les costumes. Ce spectacle, en définitive, fait honneur à notre première scène lyrique et chorégraphique, et l'on a parlé de ce spectacle dans de nombreux journaux étrangers. La renommée du corps de ballet de l'OPERA en sort donc renforcée. Merci encore au palis garnier pour les cinq soirées magnifiques que j'y ai passé, et j'espère avoir l'occasion de m'enthousiasmer de nouveau prochainement avec MANON. Je l'ai vu à LONDRES avec GUILLEM et COPE il y a quelques mois, c'est un spectacle magnifique qui vous cloue dans votre fauteuil !


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Viviane

13-02-01, 09:34 AM (GMT)
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25. "RE: Paquita - Paris Opéra Ballet, Garnier, 6 February 2001"
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   Eugene,
I think Paquita is just an uncomplicated ballet full of an amazing amount enjoyable dancing.
It's for sure a 'crowd-pleaser' but also a beautiful reminiscent of what can be done with a 19th Century ballet.

I think it must be possible -from time to time- just to enjoy a non-compromising, easy ballet.
And I'm also convinced that this ballet just wasn't acceptable 10 years ago.

Please, leave me for a while in heaven...just before 'consuming' the usual ballet-stuff


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