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Ann Williams

12-08-00, 09:45 AM (GMT)
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"Possible visit to Paris"
 
  

I've booked myself on Eurostar to go to Paris to see POB on 23/24 October. On 23rd they are doing 'Raymonda' and on 24th it's a terrific mixed bill including 'Apollo' and Robbins' 'Dances at a Gathering'. I've not been able to book tickets yet as I haven't cracked the POB on-line system but I'm assuming they are still available.

This is a tentative early proposal, but would anyone be interested in getting a Ballet.co party together? My Eurostar ticket (return) only cost £69 because of booking this far in advance and the exchange rate is now so good that the cost of a two-night stay in a two or three-star hotel is very affordable.
The downside is that it would necessitate two or three days leave from work as it is a Monday and Tuesday and I know not everyone can do that.

Anyone interested?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Possible visit to Paris Catherine 12-08-00 1
     RE: Possible visit to Paris Ann Williams 12-08-00 2
         RE: Possible visit to Paris Catherine 13-08-00 4
  RE: Possible visit to Paris lucy joyce 13-08-00 3
     RE: Possible visit to Paris Richard J 19-08-00 5
  RE: Possible visit to Paris Rosalie Delpech 25-08-00 6
  RE: Possible visit to Paris Bruceadmin 27-08-00 7
  RE: Possible visit to Paris Robert 30-09-00 8
     RE: Possible visit to Paris Ann Williams 01-10-00 9
         RE: Possible visit to Paris Ann Williams 01-10-00 10
             RE: Possible visit to Paris Guy Fletcher 01-10-00 11
  RE: Possible visit to Paris Stuart Sweeney 01-10-00 12
     RE: Possible visit to Paris meunier 02-10-00 13
         RE: Possible visit to Paris Ann Williams 02-10-00 14
             RE: Possible visit to Paris Eugene Merrett 02-10-00 15
                 RE: Possible visit to Paris Liz P 02-10-00 16
                 RE: Possible visit to Paris Kevin Ng 03-10-00 17
                     RE: Possible visit to Paris Rosalie 03-10-00 18
                         RE: Possible visit to Paris Ann Williams 03-10-00 19
                             RE: Possible visit to Paris Trog Woolley 03-10-00 20
                             RE: Possible visit to Paris eugene merrrett 04-10-00 21
  RE: Possible visit to Paris Robert 04-10-00 22
     RE: Possible visit to Paris Rosalie 07-10-00 23

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Catherine

12-08-00, 05:18 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   Just one precision it's not Dances at the gathering but Suite of dance, the solo created for Baryshnikov on the Cello Suite by Bach. It's generally danced by Manuel Legris or Nicolas Le Riche since the creation at the POB.
Dances at the Gathering is the ballet for ten dancer (five women and five men) on Chopin's piano pieces. It's a long time they don't dance it in Paris. I would see again it. I think it's one of the most beautiful piece of Robbins even I love too many his choreographies.


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Ann Williams

12-08-00, 08:19 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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Thanks for pointing this out, Catherine. I was getting confused with NYCB, which is doing 'Gathering' next week in Edinburgh. Anyway, 'Suite of Dances' sounds wonderful - do you happend to know yet who is dancing it?


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Catherine

13-08-00, 11:28 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   The cast for the mixed bill is not yet known.
I think you can see Bart in Apollo or perhaps Hilaire, Le Riche made it the last time they took it.
Annonciation is a pas de deux for Arbo and Maurin at her creation, it's perhaps this cast you could see or Gillot and Dupont. Dupont belowed to the second cast at the creation with Nathalie Riqué, but this last one is injuried for two years, she has bone's problem (I believe) and I think she could'nt dance again. It's Gillot who removed her. For suite of Dance it's Legris or Le Riche, or Le Riche or Legris it's always the same thing since the creation excepted the first year in which Patrick Dupond again in the POB danced it also.
And I don't know at all the cast for Hoche's creation.


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lucy joyce

13-08-00, 00:50 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   Dates for the mixed bill are October 21 22m 24 27 and 30
program Apollon Musagete, A Suite of Dances,Annonciation, YAMM.
In February/ March the Robbins program has Other Dances not Dances at a Gathering.
Raymonda October 5,8m,9,11,12,14,16,19 and 23


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Richard J

19-08-00, 09:26 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   A bit more on the pieces by Robbins in the forthcoming POB season:

"A Suite of Dances" (to be perf. in Oct) dates from 1994 (a White Oak Project premiere); a solo dancer with a solo cellist playing Bach - Isadora would have approved!

"Other Dances" (scheduled for Feb/Mar) was made for Makarova and Baryshnikov in 1976 to music by Chopin (mazurkas and a waltz). The other pieces in this Feb/Mar programme are "In the Night", "The Cage", and "The Concert". The last of these we know about, and "The Cage" (dating from 1951) was done by BRB on tour a few years ago. Has anyone seen "In the Night"? The music is Chopin again - nocturnes this time; the 1970 premiere included Peter Martins. As "The Cage" uses only strings (Stravinsky - Concerto in D), this seems to be quite an intimate evening!


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Rosalie Delpech

25-08-00, 04:05 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   The casting for Raymonda on the 23rd of October is: Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Laurent Hilaire (as Abdéram), Karl Paquette, Hervé Moreau. Telephone booking opens on the 4th of September. The casting for the mixed program has not been issued yet; telephone booking opens 18th of September. Have a nice trip!


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Bruceadmin

27-08-00, 08:18 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   Thought I'd give this a little boost!

Our Parisien posters are keen to meet us after all....


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Robert

30-09-00, 11:50 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   I have just read this message with interest. I should have been in Paris tonight, but French Railways have been on strike(not mentioned in England!) and my Eurostar visit has been cancelled, and three theatres have not been visited.
I found it easier to phone the Paris Opera Ballet Booking office after looking at the calendar on their website. They charge you by the minute to telephone but they appear to have a wider selection of tickets available than on the web. I have rearranged my visit to the end of October but have just discovered the Paris Ballet is all booked up! Not my lucky week! I would appreciate any advice on booking for Opera and Ballet in Paris getting tickets and getting there despite French industrial relations and the problems with Eurostar.


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Ann Williams

01-10-00, 12:29 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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Robert - Thanks for boosting this thread! There were no takers for my original suggestion of getting a few ballet-coers together for a Paris visit so I'm going alone, but as it happens my sister will be there on business so at least there will be someone to get together with. I too am experiencing difficulties with getting a ticket for the mixed bill on 24th, but I'm fairly optimistic. However, your comment on the train strike is worrying. I can only hope they they will sort themselves out in the intervening three weeks!

I'm sorry though that your arrangements have been mucked up, Robert. Is there really no chance that you can pull something out of the fire?


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Ann Williams

01-10-00, 12:33 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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I forgot the whole point of the above message. I did all my POB bookings on-line and it was on-line that I was curtly refused a ticket for the mixed bill on 24th! Tomorrow I will try to telephone them.


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Guy Fletcher

01-10-00, 02:44 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   Ann, isn't this a coincidence? I have booked tickets for the 23rd and 24th of October as well! On the 24th I'm going with my mother but on the 23rd on my own- maybe we can meet in the intermission to chat about the performance! I have never been there before so you would have to direct me as to where exactly to meet.


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Stuart Sweeney

01-10-00, 05:43 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   Ann unfortunately I'm away for those days, but I would definitely be interested another time.


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meunier

02-10-00, 12:57 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   LAST EDITED ON 02-10-00 AT 12:59 PM (GMT)

Well, as it happens I have just booked tickets for Jewels by POB on both 15th and 16th December. I did this on-line and didn't have trouble getting tickets. At least with Jewels too you know that you will see a good spread of the principals in the three different acts. Also this weekend - on the 16th you can see the two presentations by the Paris Opera Ballet School. That's four performances in just over 24 hours and only requires (unless, of course, you want to relax) one night's accommodation. Not bad for a weekend. The school tickets are bookable in November by phone. Grateful to know if any other balletco'ers are going. Perhaps we could meet up. Have left my e-mail address so that you can respond there if interested.

Cheers.


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Ann Williams

02-10-00, 02:06 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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Guy - What a great idea - I'll e-mail you.

Ann


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Eugene Merrett

02-10-00, 06:17 PM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   Well I am off to Paris this Sunday to see Raymonda in the afternoon!! I thought I might give it another try since I like it so much when I saw it with the Bolshoi.

I would normally take the Eurostar but because of the closure of Ashford station I think I shall drive to Paris as I live very near the Eurotunnel entrance.

Can anyone give me any tips on driving in France. I might park my car st Charle De Gaulle airport (on the way) and take the train into Paris as I do not fancy taking on Parisian drivers!

Anyone going to NYork to see the ABT at the City Center. I am on the first flight out on Saturday 28th on the midnight flight back on Sunday. In less then 48 hours I can see both the evening and afternoon performances on both Saturday and Sunday. But 4 ballet are too much evne for me in one weekend. I intend to see two performances of the ABT (Must see Etudes!!) and a broadway musical (Kiss Me Kate) and American Football game on Sunday before the evening of ballet. I should have just enough time to catch my flight back after the show! So I shall enjoy bone crunching tackles and extreme violence at the football game before enjoying ultra-gracefull ballet in the evening. NO I do not have a split personality. I just like them both very much!!


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Liz P

02-10-00, 11:15 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris. I used to live in Paris but am now back in Nottingham! I go back as often as I can manage to the ballet as I became passionate about POB during my time there. I think it is worth explaining the booking system as it is very fair and gives you plenty of bites at the cherry. Each year the season guide is published which includes a reservation calendar. Postal booking (and e-mail now) are available first a few months in advance. Then tickets come available for telephone sale approx 8 weeks ahead of time. Then a fortnight to the day tickets are released at the theatre itself at 11am and remain available 'while stocks last' up to the performance day. Apart from the first day of availability of these tickets when you have to go to the right Theatre (Bastille or Garnier) they are on sale at both venues. Then on the day itself some tickets become available 45 minutes before the performance. There are a set number of tickets available for each method of booking. I'll find my calendar and post that info tomorrow night. This explains why in the same day you'll find no tickets for sale by e-mail but plenty by telephone.
You can get on the mailing list at no charge by phoning and asking then you receive the annual programme and the bi-monthly calendar which includes casting information- you'll also find out about 'Passeports'-free educational events linked to performances. It's worth knowing that the cheapest seats are only available by going to the Theatre itself. At Garnier I regularly booked seats at 60 Francs (less than £6) which were fantastic and meant I could afford to see a production a number of times.
POB also deserve credit for their programmes which give very detailed information pitched at a number of levels. They don't seem to fall into the trap of assuming a lack of knowledge about a piece is a sign of inferior intellect!!


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Kevin Ng

03-10-00, 02:40 AM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   Eugene, I am very impressed by your energy and by your good planning of your time in New York. I am sure you'll enjoy the Raymonda in Paris.


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Rosalie

03-10-00, 11:44 AM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   There are cast changes for both Raymonda and Apollo (not for the 24th, though) on the POB site, presumably because of Hilaire's injury.


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Ann Williams

03-10-00, 03:56 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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Liz P. - Many thanks for your really helpful and informative posting re POB bookings. Actually, I managed to get through on the telephone today, and lo - there were indeed tickets for the mixed bill on 24th so now I'm booked for both 23rd and 24th.

A word to anyone trying to get through on the telephone and not fully conversant with the French language - dial your call and wait until you hear the automated message in French giving numbers, then press button 5. This should get you through eventually to an operator who will respond in French, but who will most likely be English-speaking - most people in Paris these days seem to be (and don't forget to compliment them on their English when you've made your booking!).


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Trog Woolley

03-10-00, 05:10 PM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   I have managed to book tickets by 'phone and I the only French I speak runs along the lines of Citroen and Fleur-de-lis. I just hung on listening to the recorded messages until a person answered, and then said the I was sorry but I didn't speak French. I was immediately transferred to someone who spoke English and I have booked my ticket for Raymonda on 23rd and Balanchine on the 24th. The lady on the 'phone spoke better English that I do (but then my native tongue is Strine, so I don't really speak English). Anyway I hope a few of us www.ballet.co.uk posters can get together somewhere in Paris.


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eugene merrrett

04-10-00, 01:40 PM (GMT)
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21. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   The language barrier made the POB off limits to the likes of myself who cannot speak French.

But now thanks to their excellent web site with English version AND on-line booking the POB is easier to book the ROH.


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Robert

04-10-00, 09:46 PM (GMT)
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22. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   After the dissappointment of not going to Paris last week, I am much reieved to read some of the messages on this site. The message from Liz about Booking in Paris for the Garnier and the Bastille is most helpful. I think I might even have a chance of getting tickets after all. Sorry to just miss you Anne but I think we arrive as you leave. Thank you for asking the questions the replies are most useful.
Robert
PS Following the revelation that someone likes Ballet and American football I suggest Bruce runs a poll on other unexpected ballet combinations starting with his own Ballet Tin Toys interest.


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Rosalie

07-10-00, 10:48 AM (GMT)
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23. "RE: Possible visit to Paris"
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   Yet more changes in casting for Raymonda and the Apollo bill on the Paris Opera site. It would seem that Aurélie Dupont and fanny Gaïda are injured or something?
I think I'll stop bothering about castings when booking in the future!


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