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Terry

04-05-00, 00:04 AM (GMT)
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"POB School Performances"
 
   Any comments/reviews about the May 3rd POB School Performance? Any aspiring future "etoiles"?


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  RE: POB School Performances Susy 04-05-00 1
     RE: POB School Performances Theresa 05-05-00 2
         RE: POB School Performances Terry 06-05-00 3
             RE: POB School Performances Theresa 06-05-00 4
  RE: POB School Performances Marie 06-05-00 5
     RE: POB School Performances Terry 06-05-00 6
         RE: POB School Performances Marie 06-05-00 7

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Susy

04-05-00, 08:26 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: POB School Performances"
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   You can read an online review by Sirvin at www.imagidanse.com (french only!).


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Theresa

05-05-00, 09:44 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: POB School Performances"
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   As Marie and Catherine have pointed out, Sirvin's reviews are not always the most credible. In fact, I have yet to agree with him...or NOT violently disagree!

I enjoyed the school performance (I attended on Sunday April 30), even though the choreography was not unforgettable. Jean-Guillaume Bart's Péchés de Jeunesse (Sins of Youth), which opened the programme, was charming for a few minutes, then rapidly became bland. Set to various string quartets by Rossini (already extremely insipid), it featured two couples (Ninon Raux/Adrien Bodet, Claire Bevalet/Cyril Mitilian) and a corps of 18. The style was neoclassical and clear, but was by no means on the same par as anything Balanchine ever did (contrary to what Sirvin seems to feel).

The Firebird clearly had the most substance of anything on the programme and it was moving to see Fokine's 1911 version. The Firebird was interpreted by Dorothée Gilbert, the Prince by Grégory Demoniak, the Princess by Aurore Cordellier and Katchei by Cédric Lambrette. D. Gilbert was excellent in the second portion, when she casts the spell over the sorcerer and his monsters. However, as the frightened, lamenting bird in the forest, she seemed to be going through learned steps, even though these were well-executed. Cordellier was lovely and moving as the Princess. She has attracted the most attention in recent years, and I had hoped to see her as the Firebird. She has clear, fluid movements that convey sentiment subtly, yet noticeably.

The programme ended with Béjart's Sept Danses Grecques. The children showed outstanding control and energy throughout. I cannot say much more since I am not a Béjart fan...

To answer your question, I did not see any "new stars" on stage, except perhaps Aurore Cordellier. However, it is hard to say since she was not really featured. The POB School does not seem to feel there are any "stars" either, as demonstrated by their casting policy this year. In 1998, Emilie Cozette (who has rightly been mentioned many times on this Board) danced not only Balanchine's Somnambule at all of the School's performances, but also Return to a Strange Land and the fouetté competition in the Graduation Ball. This year, the casts changed at each performance and no one was set before the public eye consistently throughout an evening.


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Terry

06-05-00, 00:07 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: POB School Performances"
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   Dear Theresa,
I'm truly grateful for your comments; thanks so much for giving an objective criticism! Well, as the best ballet school in the world, POB school seems to nurture many aspiring dancers every year, although it seemed as if, this year, no one seemed to match the talent of Emilie Cozette, who came out in 1998. Do you know, by any chance, any Japanese students attending the POB school this year?


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Theresa

06-05-00, 10:53 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: POB School Performances"
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   Terry,

You are right to emphasise the quality of the school overall. While, indeed, no one struck me in particular, there was a wonderful unity in style and lots of flair and pride in every step. The arms, head, neck and feet were all beautifully shaped, not because the dancers were constantly focusing on that, but because it had become a "way of life", an intrinsic part of their concept of movement.

According to the names on my programme, there were no Japanese students in the performance. I believe that Miho Fuji, a former (paying) student at the school, is now an apprentice. May I ask why the particular interest in Japanese dancers?


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Marie

06-05-00, 01:08 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: POB School Performances"
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   I also saw the saturday performance.The casting washttp://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/Images/bigsmile.giforothée Gilbert/Sébastien Bertaud,Aurore Cordellier/Adrien Bodet for Péchés de jeunesse.The firebird was Claire Bevalet,the princess Agathe Clément and the prince Audric Bezard.For the Béjart piece the leading male roles were danced by Audric Bezard and Sébastien Bertaud.I couldn't say more than Thérésa said and I totally agree with her.I much appreciated the dance of the 12 princesses with a golden apple,they were very graceful and you could see the the unity of style.Aurore Cordellier is interesting but she wasn't featured in a major role.Gilbert ,Bezard and Bertaud are atypical ,stylish(?).
There are no japanese dancer this year.There is a Spanish and a Russian among the girls of the first division and as for the boys I think there is an English (anyway he must be anglo-saxon).His name is David Hallberg;does anyone know him?There is also a certain Mathieu Ganio, he is the son of Dominique Khalfouni and Denys Ganio.


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Terry

06-05-00, 03:37 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: POB School Performances"
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   Dear Theresa,
Thanks for replying so kindly to my message. Well, I am interested in Japanese students of the POB School because I am Japanese. =) I just like to be informed of any dancers who have the wonderful priviledge of attending the POB school because they might happen to perform in a dance festival in Japan, and I wouldn't want to miss seeing them. So Fujii Miho is an apprentice (?!). It's actually quite surprising that she hasn't made any performance appearances in Japan; how unusual that producers have not invited her. Do you have any comments regarding her?

Dear Marie,
I didn't know that Dominique Khalfouni had a son old enough to enter the POB school! Wow, what an information! He's very lucky to have a mother who possessed wonderful attributes in her quality of dancing. I'd be very excited to him.


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Marie

06-05-00, 03:57 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: POB School Performances"
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   Dear Terry,
Miho Fuji is not yet apprentice(in french quadrille-stagiaire).She is only surnuméraire.She will have to pass an exam to become apprentice.


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