The Paris Opera Ballet have announced their 2011-2012 season. It's good to see Ashton's “La Fille mal Gardée” again in the programming – let's hope it will be broadcast this time round. Narrative ballets dominate the season. Nureyev's “Cendrillon” and “La Bayadère” are back, with Cranko's “Onegin” and Macmillan's “Manon”. There is also the world première of a new ballet, “La Source”.
For his first creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, Jean-Guillaume Bart brings a forgotten repertoire work back to life alongside Christian Lacroix and Eric Ruf who will design costumes and sets. The music was written by Léo Delibes and Ludwig Minkus for Arthur Saint-Léon's ballet which was originally created for the Paris Opera in 1866. Now Jean-Guillaume Bart will create new choreography for this two-act ballet which will open on October 22.
The company will undertake its first American tour in 10 years. After stops in Chicago (at the Harris Theater) and Washington (at the Kennedy Center), it will take up residence in New York from July 11 to 22 next year, performing “Suite en Blanc”, “L'Arlésienne”, “Bolero”, “Giselle” and Pina Bausch's version of “Orpheus and Eurydice”.
Photo: Jean-Guillaume Bart with Agnès Letestu in 2000
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.