robbins /​ balanchine /​ cherkaoui, jalet

Palais Garnier - from 02 to 27 May 2017

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En sol

Music
Maurice Ravel
Choreography
Jerome Robbins
Piano
Emmanuel Strosser
Set design
Erté
Costume design
Erté
Lighting design
Jennifer Tipton

La Valse

Music
Maurice Ravel
Choreography
George Balanchine
Set design
Jean Rosenthal
Costume design
Karinska

Boléro

Music
Maurice Ravel
Choreography
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Damien Jalet
Conception
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Damien Jalet
Marina Abramović
Scenography
Marina Abramović
Costume design
Riccardo Tisci
Lighting design
Urs Schönebaum
Conductor
Maxime Pascal

Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris

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Over and above the six pieces he composed for the ballet, Ravel’s entire body of work is an inexhaustible source of choreographic inspiration, no doubt thanks to the spatial potential inherent in his genius for orchestration. Written in the aftermath of the First World War, La Valse is meant to represent the “fantastic, inevitable, swirling” demise of the Viennese waltz and the world it represented. In keeping with that idea, George Balanchine’s 1951 choreography blends apparent joy with a touch of romantic torment. In 1975, in a very different spirit, Jerome Robbins adapted the Piano Concerto in G, composed by Ravel on his return from a tour of the United States during which he had discovered jazz. Framed by two movements reminiscent of musical comedy, a duo of incredible grace exalts the classical vocabulary. Finally, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet conclude the programme with a fascinating Boléro which takes us through a maelstrom of movements electrified by the scenography of artist Marina Abramović and costumes by Riccardo Tisci.

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