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Virginia

18-05-01, 02:01 PM (GMT)
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"Paris Opera Ballet"
 
   Having started to go regularly to the ballet, mainly the Royal Ballet, in the last few years, I've found Ballet.co an absolutely fascinating resource, though until now I've been one of those people who visit and never post.

Anyway now I wanted to ask a question. I'd love to go to Paris to see the Paris Opera Ballet. I've been looking at the Opera website, and the programme for 2001-2, but there are no casts listed. Can anyone tell me
a) when the cast lists are published and tickets go on sale, and
b) who you'd recommend seeing. (I'd like to see Le Riche again, but I know very little about other POB dancers.)
I'm particularly interested in seeing Bayadere in November and the Fokine/Nijinski/Robbins programme in December.

Virginia
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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Paris Opera Ballet Catherine 18-05-01 1
  RE: Paris Opera Ballet D. LIM 18-05-01 2
     RE: Paris Opera Ballet Catherine 18-05-01 3
     RE: Paris Opera Ballet Catherine 18-05-01 4
         RE: Paris Opera Ballet Virginia 18-05-01 5
             RE: Paris Opera Ballet Terry 18-05-01 6
                 RE: Paris Opera Ballet Marie 19-05-01 7
                 RE: Paris Opera Ballet Virginia 19-05-01 8
                     RE: Paris Opera Ballet Catherine 20-05-01 11
  RE: Paris Opera Ballet SONIA 19-05-01 9
     RE: Paris Opera Ballet Liz P 20-05-01 10

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Catherine

18-05-01, 02:39 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   The cast are known very late sometimes after booking opening.
I think you will have all the chance to see Le Riche because last seasons, he dance all the roles in the ballet of next season as Quasimodo in Notre-Dame, Albrecht in Ek's Giselle, Solor in Bayadère and so on.
Dates for booking are on the website it depends of the mean by correspondance it's four month before, by phone two months and to guichet two weeks

For my taste I recommand to see Manuel Legris, Jean-Guillaume Bart and José Martinez.

Till we have information about cast we'll post then.


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D. LIM

18-05-01, 03:20 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   I started to go regularly to POB since not so long time. And I go to Royal Ballet of London to see the Swanlake of Kirov in June. So reverse situation of yours.

I just want to give you one information about Le Riche. He'll give a performance of 20 minutes also at the Théâtre de Chaillot à Paris, a new choreography of lorraine ballet (Lorraine is near Nancy, so east of France), I think.
I hope Catherine can tell us more about this performance. And thank you for all the information and your postings about ballet in Paris. I've been to Opéra Garnier, the 14th May to the SFB program 1. And I'll also see the Othello tomorrow.
I'm wondering why the tickets for SFB is cheaper than normal because the tickets for Kirof Ballet et Scala Ballet in London Covent House is more expensive than those of their own company. Can sombody tell me why???

One more thing, I'm Korean and I came to know the beauty and the pleasure that the ballet gives us a year ago when I've come to Paris to study and I'm so happy to be in Paris!
Catherine, if you will be at the Opéra tomorrow night, tell me what you would think of it!


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Catherine

18-05-01, 03:54 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   I think that french audience is not attracted by this company, she is not well known in France and I think it's for that, they make low price to allow to audience to see it. It's sad but I think if Kirov will come in Palais Garnier, it was the same prize than for POB more expensive prize.
I don't go to see the Le Riche creation for the moment, but after rumors, the creation is not really interesting and apparently the music is very special.
I must go to each performance of Othello, I saw yesterday night the first performance and must go tonight.


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Catherine

18-05-01, 03:57 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   I think that french audience is not attracted by this company, she is not well known in France not as NYCB or ABT and I think it's for that, they make low price to allow to audience to see it. Against it's really a great company. I think it will be the same thing for the Scala ballet.

It's sad but I think if Kirov will come in Palais Garnier, it was the same prize than for POB more expensive prize.
I don't go to see the Le Riche creation for the moment, but after rumors, the creation is not really interesting and apparently the music is very special.
I must go to each performance of Othello, I saw yesterday night the first performance and must go tonight.


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Virginia

18-05-01, 04:11 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   Many thanks Catherine and D.LIM. There have been so many posts about how good POB are that I thought I must try and see them & I'm very excited at the idea.

Virginia
PS Kirov prices in London struck me as *very* high - I ended up buying a standing ticket for Jewels rather than pay much more to sit where I'll be too far from the stage to see properly. The other summer prices seemed more reasonable - I'm looking forward to the Scala ballet.


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Terry

18-05-01, 05:50 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   Virginia -- you probably wouldn't want to miss SFBallet at Covent Garden this August too! =)


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Marie

19-05-01, 09:04 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   Virginia , I'd recommend you to see Le Riche again!I'm sure he will dance la Bayadere.Another dancer I like is Marie-Agnes Gillot , she is a tall , good-looking dancer with a lot of stage presence.No doubt she is the next principal.There are other dancers I like but they are not likely to dance principal roles since they are still in the corps de ballet.Le Riche is a very dramatic dancer.
I'd also recommend you to see the school's demonstrations , they are in december.


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Virginia

19-05-01, 11:18 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   I have a ticket for SF Ballet's Programme 3, and after Catherine's descriptions of Prism & Night & Sandpaper Ballet I'm very excited about it.

Virginia
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Catherine

20-05-01, 00:47 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   I hope you love this programm how I love it. It's sad SFB doesn't present by yours his full length Othello which is a masterwork. But you could see Magrittomania by Possokhov, or Fanfare by Robbins, ballets I would like to see here in France.


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SONIA

19-05-01, 03:05 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   THE DANCERS OF THE PARIS OPERA AND THE CORPS ARE THE FINEST, I HAVE BEEN GOING TO PARIS FOR MANY YEARS AND MUST SAY NUREYEV MADE THE COMPANY INTO THE GREATEST, ITS A PITY THAT YOU WILL NOT SEE MANY OF THE DANCERS HE MADE INTO STARS, AS THE RETIRING AGE IS VERY YOUNG, GIRLS 40 YEARS BOYS 45 YEARS, SO NOW DANCERS SUCH AS PLATEL, DUPOND, GUERIN,JUDE, PIETRAGALLA ETC HAVE MOSTLEY RETIRED, OR LEFT.
THERE ARE STILL SOME VERY GOOD DANCERS INDEED, YOU MUST TRY AND SEE LEGRIS,ANG HILAIRE, WONDERFULL, GUILLEM BART GILLOT LETESTUE MARTINEZ AND DUPONT ALL BEAUTIFUL NEW STARS
THE CORPS ARE TRULY MAGNIFICENT, THE PREMIER DANCERS AND SUJETS
MORE THAN EQUALE TO OTHER COMPANIES PRINCIPLES.
WHATEVER CAST YOU SEE, WILL BE EXELLENT, SO DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE CASTING, JUST GO AHEAD BOOK YOU WILL ENJOY EVERY MOMENT,AND I AM SURE YOU WILL BECOME ANOTHER FAN OF THE PARIS OPERA.


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Liz P

20-05-01, 00:46 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Paris Opera Ballet"
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   Virginia, I live in Nottingham now but still try to get to Paris as often as I can to see POB, I went first when I was living there in 96 with my children to see Nutcracker. It was great of course, then a while later I went to see Swan Lake and was completely stunned. I had seen Swan Lake many times in my teens whenever Sadlers Wells RB or ENB came to Liverpool, and had then moved on to watching much more contemporary work.But this seemed in a completely different league. I got completely hooked, especially once I'd worked out the system and realised I could get great seats for only £6. Anyone who came to visit was offered a trip to the Opera, and so I managed to see a range of dancers in each production. The heart-breaking thing for me was that we moved back to Nottingham and trips now work out slightly more expensive!!(and also require more planning in terms of child-care and work).
The main reason for replying here, apart from enthusing about Paris, is to explain the system of booking to you, as,once understood, it's all quite straight-forward (but quite different to RB's). The season runs from September to July, you need to request a season guide as soon as you can and get your name on their mailing list. In this guide (and on the web-site) there is a reservations calendar- this gives the dates for each production when booking opens (there's no equivalent of RB's booking periods and therefore no jamming of phone lines on certain dates). Booking by post and internet open first a few months before the first performance, then booking by phone about 1 month before, then booking in person 14 days before each performance, then 45 minutes before curtain up. Apart from this last one there is a contingent of tickets for each booking method. If, like me, you want to see specific dancers it is sometimes best to wait for telephone booking to open as you're more likely to have clearer info by that date-although of course you can't count on it. If you particularly want to see Nicolas he puts when he's dancing on his web-site (see links section)but there's nothing there yet about next season.
In the past casting was found out by getting the bi-monthly bulletin but I rely now on our Parisian posters here to keep me up to date. Casting on the POB web-site can be found under 'distributions' once you've gone into the shhet for each particular ballet. If you want any more help or tips e-mail me, always keen to talk Paris!


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