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Eleonore

14-09-01, 01:34 PM (GMT)
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"POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
 
   Esmeralda/Quasimodo/Phoebus/Frollo
Gillot/Romoli/Bart/Legris 3/5/9/10 oct
Guerin/Murru/Saiz/Legris 4/6/8 oct
Abbagnato/Bridard/Paquette/Martinez 6(mat)/11/13(mat) oct
Osta/Romoli/Bart/Pech 12/13 oct


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Theresa 14-09-01 1
     RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Susy 19-09-01 2
  RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Bruce Madmin 19-09-01 3
     RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Estelle 19-09-01 4
         RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Susy 19-09-01 5
             RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Maxime 20-09-01 10
         RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Maxime 19-09-01 6
             RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Viviane 19-09-01 8
         RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Viviane 19-09-01 7
             RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Maxime 20-09-01 9
                 RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Estelle 20-09-01 11
                 RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Viviane 20-09-01 12
                     RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Marie 20-09-01 13
                     RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Marie 20-09-01 14
                         RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to chan... Maxime 22-09-01 15

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Theresa

14-09-01, 04:38 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Merci Eleonore pour ces informations.L'ouverture de la location approche.

Je ne peux m'empêcher de faire une petite remarque:il semble bien que Mademoiselle Guérin aime bien "piquer" les partenaires de Mademoiselle Guillem.Saiz en Phoebus , Saiz qui avait été choisi par S.Guillem pour être son Lescaut en avril dernier et Murru en Quasimodo , Murru qui a été choisi cet été par S.Guillem pour être son Albrecht et son Beliaev dans Un mois à la campagne d'Ashton!


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Susy

19-09-01, 07:43 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Encore un autre example pour la remarque de Theresa: je me rappelle qu'à Milan en 1999 Roberto Bolle était le partenaire de Sylvie Guillem dans "Bayadère" et trois mois après d'Isabelle Guérin dans "Giselle"!


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Bruce Madmin

19-09-01, 08:07 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Pleased to see some French and POB thoughts and I'm only sorry that I can't contribute directly in French... but would anybody hazard a guess as to which is the best or most interesting cast for Notre Dame de Paris? I'm thinking of coming over if possible.


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Estelle

19-09-01, 03:38 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Bruce, the casts have been modified on the POB web site:
on October 12 and 13, it is Osta/ Bridard/ Paquette/ Pech instead of Osta/ Romoli/ Bart/ Pech. And it might be modified again (it is a bit surprising to see that Bridard is supposed to have four performances in three days on Oct 12-13).

It's hard to tell you which is the best cast, as most of the dancers haven't danced such roles before; for example it will be the first Esmeralda of Gillot, Abbagnato and Osta (all of them still are premieres danseuses, not principals).

A few comments:
-it will be the last official performances of Isabelle Guerin (she was supposed to have her farewell performance in July in "Romeo and Juliet", but had to cancel her performances then because of an injury, and so it was postponed). Surely there will be a lot of tears on Oct 8!

-it is very unusual to see that a premiere danseuse will dance the season premiere before an etoile (usually the POB direction is pretty strict about the hierarchy). So I'm wondering if it means that Gillot will be promoted then; it wouldn't be very surprising as she's considered as a potential "etoile" and has already danced quite a lot of big roles.

-I'm a bit disappointed to see that Kader Belarbi is not cast. He always is very good in Petit's roles (Quasimodo was one of his first big roles in the late 80s)- but perhaps it's a personal problem between Petit and him (Petit is said to have a bad temper).

-Nicolas Le Riche was supposed to dance Quasimodo, but still is
injured

Now about the casts:
-Gillot/ Romoli/ Bart/ Legris:
as I wrote previously, Gillot is new to the role, and a potential new principal. She's a very tall, brown-haired dancer, with a strong personality. Romoli is around 40 now, but in my opinion he's one of the most versatile dancers of the company, and very good in character roles. Legris is my favorite dancer and I would probably pay to watch him read a phonebook The role of Phoebus
is a bit empty, but Bart is a very nice, princely dancer.

-Guerin/ Murru/ Saiz/ Legris:
Guerin has already danced the role, and should be great. I don't know much about Murru, perhaps the Italian posters who are more familiar with his dancing could provide more information? Saiz is a sujet (soloist), so far I haven't been really convinced by him (good looks but not very good dancing), but perhaps he's improved? Legris is Legris.

-Abbagnato/ Bridard/ Paquette/ Martinez:
Abbagnato is the youngest premiere danseuse. She's very different from Gillot: rather small, and blond-haired. I'm not really a fan of her so far... Bridard is a premier danseur, and while he has a very elegant, "prince" silhouette, he usually is at his best in character roles, and is very good in the Petit repertory. Paquette is a newly promoted premier danseur (very unexpected, actually). Martinez should be very good as Frollo, he's getting better and better is such "bad guys" roles.

-Osta/ Bridard/ Paquette/ Pech:
Osta has been a premiere danseuse for several years. She probably is unlikely to be promoted as a principal, which is a shame in my opinion, because she is an excellent dancer, with an excellent technique and a very large repertory. She's small, and brown-haired. See above for Bridard and Paquette. Pech was
promoted as a premier danseur about two years ago, but unfortunately he had many injuries in the last two seasons, so didn't dance much. He should be a good Frollo, I think.

By the way, such casts clearly show a relative lack of principals at the POB: only one female principal (Guerin) and three male principals (Bart, Legris, Martinez) are dancing, all the others are premiers danseurs (Gillot, Abbagnato, Osta, Romoli, Bridard,
Paquette, Pech) or sujets (Saiz). Brigitte Lefevre has not promoted many principals in recent years, and I think it's time to promote a few more, given the size of the company...


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Susy

19-09-01, 04:30 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Estelle gave very detailed information about the French dancers, so I step in just to post a few lines on Massimo Murru, even if I haven't seen him as often as the POB dancers...
First of all some thoughts on Murru's roles. As a principal of La Scala Ballet, he is cast in all the ballets, but IMO he cannot be considered a classical dancer. His technique isn't totally polished and this lack is more evident in Nureyev's productions. The Italian critics and many ballet goers praise his intepretations but I'm not moved either by his acting.
Roland Petit works a lot with him, there is even a documentary on this subject.


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Maxime

20-09-01, 00:33 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   J'ai trouvé Massimo Murru très bien cet été avec Guillem dans "A month in the country". Convaincant aussi bien techniquement qu'au niveau de l'interprétation.


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Maxime

19-09-01, 09:44 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Merci Estelle pour toutes ces informations.
Je ne suis vraiment pas un fan de Roland Petit et surtout pas de Notre Dame de Paris mais vous m'avez presque donné envie d'y aller


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Viviane

19-09-01, 10:03 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Maxime,
Je veux voir absolument 'Notre Dame de Paris' pour etre
sure que je dois revoir mon opinion sur Roland Petit !


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Viviane

19-09-01, 09:51 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Thank you Estelle and Susy for your view on casting and dancers.

I prefer the cast with Gillot/Romoli/Bart et Legris, parceque c'est complètement POB !

I desperately wanted to see "Notre Dame de Paris" live and so, this time -to me- production is more important than cast.
So far I have only seen the video with Guerin/Leriche (Quasimodo)/Hilaire(Frollo)& Legris(Phoebus)(1995 ?)
I have opted for a matinee with Abbagnato and I'm looking forward to see her !.....and this one-day go&return,offers me the possibility to visit Paris a second time

Bruce, there is a lot going on in Paris at that time !
Béjart is there and isn't Alvin Ailey there too ?




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Maxime

20-09-01, 00:29 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Viviane,
J'ai vu dernièrement Clavigo sur la chaîne mezzo. Le principal intérêt en était les interprètes que ce soit Nicolas Leriche, Yann Bridard, Marie Agnès Gillot ou Clairemarie Osta que je voyais pour la première fois dans un grand rôle. Elle semble être une vraie artiste. Quant à la chorégraphie si l'on s'en tient à regarder les différents solos ou pas de deux elle est passable par contre l'utilisation que Roland Petit fait des ensembles me déconcerte chaque fois. Ce travail avec le corps de ballet est sans imagination et d'une pauvreté vraiment affligeante, on dirait toujours qu'il a fait ça en un quart d'heure sans y accorder la moindre importance. Les danseurs sont réduits à faire quelques mouvements d'une consternante simplicité qui frise parfois le ridicule. Les quatre interprètes dont je parle plus haut ainsi que Yann Saiz sauvent le ballet et le nourissent de leur exceptionnel talent. Mais je dois dire honnêtement que Roland Petit me semble être un chorégraphe vraiment surestimé... Et malgré l'admiration que je porte aux danseurs du POB je n'ai aucune envie de revoir Notre Dame de Paris.


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Estelle

20-09-01, 12:01 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Viviane: yes, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company will be in Paris, for the Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris which will take place at the Theatre de Chatelet. See:
http://www.nfidp.org/festival/index.html
The Ailey company will perform between Oct 2 and Oct 7. Then there will be the Ballet du Theatre National de Prague, with a Kylian triple bill (Return to a Strange Land, L'enfant et les sortileges, Sinfonietta) between October 9 and 12, and then the Tokyo Ballet with Bejart's "Kabuki" between October 16 and 21.

Maxime, à vrai dire, je ne suis pas une grande fan de "Notre-Dame de Paris" non plus; je ne sais pas si j'irai le voir, mais si j'y vais ce sera plutôt pour les danseurs... J'aurais tendance à penser que les meilleures oeuvres de Roland Petit sont les plus anciennes ("Les forains", "Le jeune homme et la mort", "Carmen"...), et effectivement il est plus doué pour les solos et pas de deux que pour les passages d'ensemble. (Au passage, j'ai un peu le même avis au sujet de Béjart: j'aime bien des oeuvres comme "Le sacre du printemps", "L'oiseau de feu", etc. mais ses oeuvres récentes me paraissent être des objets assez bizarres où il mélange un peu tout et prend plaisir à raconter sa vie...)
Petit a sans doute bénéficié du fait qu'il a travaillé avec une
bonne partie des meilleurs danseurs du dernier demi-siècle (cf
le livre "Roland Petit, un choregraphe et ses danseurs" paru il y a quelques années), la liste est d'ailleurs impressionnante.

Maxime, to say the truth, I'm not a big fan of "Notre-Dame de Paris" itself; I don't know if I will see, it, but if I go it will be mostly because of the interprets... I'd be likely to think that Petit's best works are the oldest ones ("Les forains", "Le jeune homme et la mort", "Carmen"...) and he is indeed much better for choreographing solos and pas de deux than ensemble parts. (By the way, I think a bit the same about Bejart: I like his older works like "The Rite of spring", "The Firebird", etc.
but his recent works look like bizarre self-indulgent things
to me, with a lot of biographical details...) Petit's career also
benefitted form the fact that he worked with many of the best dancers of the last half-century, cf the book "Roland Petit, a choreographer and his dancers" which was published a few years ago.


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Viviane

20-09-01, 12:46 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   LAST EDITED ON 20-09-01 AT 12:48 PM (GMT)

Maxime, je suis convaincu que tu n'aimes pas Roland Petit
Jusqu'a maintenant les oeuvres de Petit me disaient pas grand chose. (Il me semble qu'il ya quelque chose qui m'échappe.)
C'était le video de Notre Dame de Paris qui ma intriguée, et en plus, j'aime la musique et les costumes.
Donc, je dois voir ce ballet sur scène !
Avec un video j'ai toujours le problème de rester attentive.

En ce qui concerne Clairemarie Osta -moi aussi- je pense qu'elle est une grande artiste ! Je l'ai vue dans Paquita, elle était splendide !

Estelle,
Thank you for all your additional info !
What a busy dance-time in Paris !


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Marie

20-09-01, 04:36 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   It's difficult to say which cast is the most interesting.

I would suggest you the first cast with Marie-Agnes Gillot because I think she is gorgeous but everybody has different tastes!

Estelle made a detailed description of all the dancers so I won't repeat what she said.Just to say that Guerin will make her farewell on these performances , the three other female dancers are not principal but just under.Probably Gillot(26 years old) will be soon made principal , Osta(31 years old) perhaps not because of her age , and Abbagnato is the youngest one (23) and is very appreciated by the present direction , considered to become a future "big one".There has been a lot of discussion here about her , for that and other reasons.


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Marie

20-09-01, 04:37 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   It's difficult to say which cast is the most interesting.

I would suggest you the first cast with Marie-Agnes Gillot because I think she is gorgeous but everybody has different tastes!

Estelle made a detailed description of all the dancers so I won't repeat what she said.Just to say that Guerin will make her farewell on these performances , the three other female dancers are not principal but just under.Probably Gillot(26 years old) will be soon made principal , Osta(31 years old) perhaps not because of her age , and Abbagnato is the youngest one (23) and is very appreciated by the present direction , considered to become a future "big one".There has been a lot of discussion here about her , for that and other reasons.


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Maxime

22-09-01, 12:56 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: POB - Notre Dame de Paris casting (still subject to changes)"
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   Est-ce que quelqu'un sait qui a créé le rôle d'Esmeralda ?
Est-ce Claire Motte ? Quel genre de danseuse était-elle ?


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