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Susy

21-01-00, 10:55 AM (GMT)
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"Noella Pontois - my recollections"
 
   Marie asked for a comparison between Miteki Kudo and Noella Pontois. Till now nobody answered, so I'm writing a few thoughts about the mother. Unfortunately I haven't seen her at the same age her daughter is now and I must leave the comparison to someone else. However the first striking difference is in look. Pontois' eyes are enormous, with a clarity that lights up her face.

The first recollection I have is a performance at the Scala in January 1981. It was a gala starring Pontois, Jude and Lormeau. She danced "Tchaikowsky pdd" and Robbins' "L'après-midi d'un faune". She captured me with the dazzling smoothness of her legs' technique, the perfect and nearly insolent elegance of the upper part of her body.
Then in 1982, just ten days after the creation of the role, I saw her at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Neumeier's "A midsummer night's dream". Her dancing was again punctual and elegant, but for the first time I also appreciated her acting, shifting from the royal Hippolyta to the misteriously sensual Titania with lyric poetry.
In 1983 she was in Milan, camping a sparkling Kitri in Nureyev's "Don Q.". I remember she was so badly partnered by Patrick Dupond (even kicked), that I wished to knock him down! Anyway she succeeded in remaining unperturbed through all the pdds.
Then 1987 I saw her dancing "Raymonda" in Paris at Opéra Garnier. That performance was quite sad for me as it was evident that Nuereyv wasn't able to lift her. Again she gave a lesson of beautiful dance, of youth, brio and harmony.


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Marie

21-01-00, 02:15 PM (GMT)
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   Thank you Susy for your response.Catherine also answered me in POB IV thread.In fact I've only seen Noella Pontois in photos and I wondered how was her dancing.Thank you for your recollections.


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21-01-00, 07:39 PM (GMT)
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   i saw noella pontois in 1977 at the 'first north american international dance festival' (of which there were held about three). she danced the 'corsaire' pdd with baryshnikov the first night, the 'tchaikovsky' pas de deux with patrice bart the second night and 'grand pas classique' with hideo fukagawa the third night (this was in chicago). i recall her as being strong, authoritative and yet subtle. and quite beautiful. mind you this is also the occasion on which on one of the nights, merle park and wayne eagling were to dance the balcony scene from romeo and juliet and the woman who had organized the festival, who trusted no one to do anything, had ordered the music herself and had ordered the music of berlioz instead of prokofiev, and therefore they had to dance to a piano. (i can speak with such certainty by the way because i am looking at my program as i do, my memory isn't *that* good...


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