Soirée George Balanchine / Benjamin Millepied

Soirée George Balanchine / Benjamin Millepied

Both similar and different, two French composers and two choreographers of the New York City Ballet – Georges Balanchine who founded it and Benjamin Millepied who was trained there- are the heart of this evening. Georges Balanchine set his first creation for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1947 to an early work by Bizet, Le Palais de cristal, as a tribute to the company and the French ballet tradition. A refine work intrinsically connected to music, this piece is a model of academic virtuosity, unfolding in the wonderful case designed by an artist of colours and lights, Christian Lacroix. With Daphnis and Chloe, Benjamin Millepied offered his third creation to the Paris Opera Ballet, reviving the myth with the help of his friend Daniel Buren. Inspired by Balanchine, the choreographer drew his inspiration on the rhythms and colours of a “chorographical symphony” by Ravel for orchestra and chorus. These masterpieces of French music are conducted by Philippe Jordan who accompanies, for the first time, the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet.

LE PALAIS DE CRISTAL (1947)
© School of American ballet
The performances of Palais de Cristal are staged with the consent of the George Balanchine Trust, in accordance with the requirements concerning Balanchine’s style and technique, both established and taught by the Balanchine Trust.
Featuring the Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and the Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet.
With the Paris Opera Orchestra.
Conductor: Philippe Jordan

Creative team

Music (Symphonie en ut): Georges Bizet
Costume design: Christian Lacroix
Realization of lights: Madjid Hakimi

Cast

Amandine Albisson (Étoile)
Ludmila Pagliero (Étoile)
Mathieu Ganio (Étoile)
Karl Paquette (Étoile)
Valentine Colasante (Première danseuse)
Nolwenn Daniel (Premier danseur)
Audric Bezard (Premier danseur)
Vincent Chaillet (Premier danseur)
Pierre-Arthur Raveau (Premier danseur)
Emmanuel Thibault (Premier danseur)

DAPHNIS ET CHLOE (Creation)
Featuring the Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and the Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet.
With the Paris Opera Orchestra and Choruses
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Chorus master: Alessandro Di Stefano

Creative team

Choreography: Benjamin Millepied
Music (Daphnis et Chloé): Maurice Ravel
Scenography: Daniel Buren
Costume design: Holly Hynes
Lighting design: Madjid Hakimi

Cast

Chloé: Aurélie Dupont (Étoile)
Daphnis: Hervé Moreau (Étoile)
Lycénion: Eleonora Abbagnato (Étoile)
Bryaxis: François Alu (Premier danseur)
Dorcon: Marc Moreau

A Paris Opera, Telmondis and Mezzo co-production
With the help of France Télévisions – With the support of the Orange Foundation, sponsor of the audiovisual broadcastings at the Paris Opera,
and the CNC (National Centre for Cinema and the Animated Image).

Director: François Goetghebeur

Visuel © Agathe Poupeney / OnP

Soirée George Balanchine / Benjamin Millepied

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    Entre ressemblances et dissonances se répondent deux grands compositeurs français et deux chorégraphes du New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, son fondateur, et Benjamin Millepied, qui y fut formé. C’est sur une œuvre de jeunesse de Bizet que George Balanchine signe en 1947 sa première créati...