Thierrée, Shechter, Perez, Pite: they could have their names in light anywhere in Europe, but at Aurélie Dupont’s invitation, they shared the bill at the Palais Garnier. Alas, with two brand new tailor-made creations, one revival and one recent entry into the repertoire, the bill inspired mixed feelings. Amid underwhelming performances, the audience is left to draw its own conclusions, ranging from hazardous to poignant.
Paris Opera Ballet in “The Seasons' Canon” by Crystal Pite. Photograph by Julien Benhamou
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading