Merle Park, the engine driver’s daughter from Rhodesia (modern Zimbabwe), ended up being one of The Royal Ballet’s brightest stars. She says that she first realised she’d become famous when she heard a question on a quiz game on the radio: “Which is the odd name out: Green Park, Hyde Park or Merle Park?” I thought, Goodness, I must have arrived! In 1979, she was contemplating … [Read more...] about Interview with The Royal Ballet’s Merle Park in 1979: Green Park, Hyde Park or Merle Park?
Bolshoi Ballet’s Ivan Vasiliev will dance Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort with English National Ballet tomorrow evening, July 22. He is partnered with English National Ballet First Artist Jia Zhang. Vasiliev wanted to offer the performance as his personal tribute to Roland Petit. Following Roland Petit’s death on 9 July, Vasiliev contacted Zizi Jeanmaire, Petit’s … [Read more...] about Ivan Vasiliev to guest with English National Ballet as a tribute to Roland Petit
Roland Petit with his wife Zizi Jeanmaire after a performance of Carmen New York, October 1949 … [Read more...] about Roland Petit: 1924 – 2011
From top left to right: Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca in Carmen; Carla Fracci and Massimo Murru in Chéri; Roland Petit and Carla Fracci rehearsing Chéri; Roland Petit and Loipa Araujo in Coppélia; Zizi Jeanmaire in Mon truc en plumes; Mikhail Baryshnikov in Le jeune homme et la mort; Nicolas Le Riche in Le jeune homme et la mort; Rudolf Nureyev and Zizi Jeanmaire … [Read more...] about Roland Petit in pictures
Great French choreographer and dancer Roland Petit died today in Geneva after a long illness. He was 87. The Paris Opera Ballet gave out the news earlier today. French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand said Petit was "one of the major choreographers of the 20th century". "With his muse Renee Jeanmaire, or Zizi, with whom he formed a mythic couple, he wrote some of the … [Read more...] about Great French choreographer Roland Petit dies at 87