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Vibrations of the soul

Rehearsing La Dame aux camélias with Eleonora Abbagnato

By Aliénor de Foucaud 26 November 2018

© Julien Benhamou / OnP

A choreographic transposition of Alexandre Dumas fils' famous novel, John Neumeier's La Dame aux camélias focuses on the sacrifice of absolute love, the interiority of feelings and relations between beings. To a score by Frédéric Chopin, the ballet is pervaded by the romantic spirit, from the sumptuous ball scenes to the sublime costumes by Jürgen Rose. Dancer Étoile Eleonora Abbagnato, who performed the ballet when is first entered the repertoire in 2006, was deeply marked by this work that, stripped of all sentimentality, asks no more of the dancer than to be herself on stage. With her partner Stéphane Bullion and under the watchful eye of Agnès Letestu - dancer Étoile and former great performer of this ballet - she continues to draw a wide range of emotions from the ballet and bring truth to every movement. To dance love, you have to be sincere.    

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