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katharine kanter

03-05-02, 09:56 AM (GMT)
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"Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB"
 
   LAST EDITED ON 03-05-02 AT 09:58 AM (GMT)

A spunky, fair-haired little spitfire, Laetitia Pujol was appointed étoile last night, following the performance of "Don Quixote". Mlle Pujol took on the role for the first time last night a fortnight in advance, owing to an injury to Mlle. Osta.

My personal belief is that this is a well-deserved appointment. Mlle. Pujol is about 26, and it is no indiscretion on my part, as she has already told this to the press, to say that she is the daughter of a Toulouse taxi driver, who had to work like a madman to put his child through dancing school. There is something chin-up, something indomitable about her, which may perhaps come from that.

She is already one of the most outstanding technicians, among the ladies, that the Opera has seen in decades, tossing off double and triple fouettés "invisibly" - that is, without a seam shewing, on her steely little legs. Her Gamzatti, in January, was very remarkable, given her small stature, and her own personality, as unlike that of the femme fatale as one could imagine.

The little hitches and flaws in her interpretation of Kitri last night, can, I believe be attributed

a/ to the truly appalling, unmusical choreography - when, oh when, will these Nureyev pieces be scrapped ?

b/ to sloppy instruction on her variations. I would rather return to this on another thread.

Mlle Pujol is a meat-and-potatoes dancer. She is not an especially pretty woman, she cannot trick the audience into googgle-eyed submission by gorgeous legs, sex appeal, or charm. The quality, the hard work, the dedication, the "no cheating", they are all there, and force one's respect. She is not extraordinarily musical, but then, at the Opera, with two or three notable exceptions, who is ? She may develop it, as an étoile has more time to mull things over.

I think it is a good appointment, a mark of respect to a woman with guts and very high standards. Allow me to raise my hat and cheer !


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  RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB AnnWilliams 03-05-02 1
     RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB pmeja 03-05-02 2
         RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB katharine kanter 03-05-02 3
             RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB AEHandley 03-05-02 5
  RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB Terry 03-05-02 4

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AnnWilliams

03-05-02, 10:56 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB"
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   >Mlle Pujol is a meat-and-potatoes dancer. She is not an especially pretty woman, she cannot trick the audience into googgle-eyed submission by gorgeous legs, sex appeal, or charm. The quality, the hard work, the dedication, the "no cheating".... She is not extraordinarily musical, but then, at the Opera, with two or three notable exceptions, who is ? She may develop it, as an étoile has more time to mull things over.<

Good Lord, Katharine - this is damning without even the faint praise! However, I have read very glowing reports of Mlle Pujol elsewhere, and I am thrilled to learn of her promotion - with any luck she'll be dancing next time I go to Paris.


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pmeja

03-05-02, 12:59 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB"
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   a graduate of the alice roosevelt school of ballet criticism, i see.


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katharine kanter

03-05-02, 01:43 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB"
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   Ladies,

Perhaps someone could explain who was, or is, Alice Roosevelt ?

My intention in writing, one that seems, for some odd reason, to have been misread from A to Z, was to express a POSITIVE sentiment of esteem for a remarkable young woman. In my book, a dancer like Mlle. Pujol, who has risen through very hard-won ability, rather than coasting along on gifts, such as beauty, that one is born with, is a "meat and potatoes" dancer, the kind of person who carries the art form along.

I would not call that a backhand compliment, neither faint praise, and cannot fathom why it has been taken that way.


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AEHandley

03-05-02, 09:54 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Laetitia Pujol appointed étoile at the POB"
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   Well, leaving aside your comments on her lack of a pretty face, ungorgeous legs and lack of sex appeal which I grant are not totally relevant to her dancing (although an unattractive body is a bit of a downer in a ballet dancer!), you said she wasn't musical and had no charm. Now these last two are pretty big flaws in my book and would certainly mitigate strongly against gaining principal status.


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Terry

03-05-02, 03:20 PM (GMT)
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   LAST EDITED ON 03-05-02 AT 03:47 PM (GMT)

Laetitia deserves all this reward for her hard work, and what Katherine has said about her is COMPLETELY acceptable. I look forward to her Kitri on May 17th.


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