Ten years after Jerome Robbins's death, the Paris Opera Ballet payed homage to the American choreographer who considered the Paris Opera as his second home after New York City Ballet. The four pieces performed here illustrate not only the diversity of the choreographer's repertory and sources of inspiration, but also his love of music and his all-embracing attitude to the performing arts.
En Sol Music: Maurice Ravel Choreography: Jerome Robbins Dancers: Marie-Agnès Gillot, Florian Magnenet
Concerto en sol follows no particular narrative line or dramatic effect. Echoing the music's jazzy invitations and light-heartedly copying Broadway style, this is a light and joyous piece for two soloists and an ensemble. It provided Jerome Robbins with an opportunity to reveal the relaxed, fluid feel so emblematic of his style.
Triade World Premiere Music: Nico Muhy Choreography and Costumes: Benjamin Millepied Dancers: Marie-Agnès Gillot, Laëtitia Pujol, Audric Bezard, Marc Moreau
In the Night Music: Frédéric Chopin Choreography: Jerome Robbins Dancers: Clairemarie Osta, Benjamin Pech, Agnès Letestu, Stéphane Bullion, Delphine Moussin and Nicolas Le Riche
The Concert Music: Frédéric Chopin Choreography: Jerome Robbins Dancers: Dorothée Gilbert, Alessio Carbone, Stéphane Phavorin and Emmanuel Thibault
In the Night and The Concert are two tributes to Frédéric Chopin, each in a different register. Seeking to free the composer from the commonplaces that have often belittled his music, Robbins transforms Les Nocturnes into In the Night, three poetic pas de deux that become a metaphor of love in all its states. The Concert joins the ranks of the few comic ballets in the history of dance. Taking as its point of departure images inspired by some of Chopin's more fancifully entitled scores, Jerome Robbins's piano recital is a comic plea for the cause of human vulnerability.
Paris Opera Ballet Paris Opera Orchestra Conductor: Koen Kessels Director: Gerard Mortier Director of dance: Brigitte Lefèvre Producers: Francois Duplat and Antoine Perset A film by Vincent Bataillon
Picture: 16:9 HD Sound: PCM Stereo / DD 5.1 Format: NTSC Region code: 0 (Worldwide) Running Time: 111 mins Year: 2008
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