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 Post subject: Paris Opera Ballet's 'Paquita' 2001
PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2001 1:32 am 
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Clement Crisp sees POB's reconstruction of 'Paquita' and likes what he sees:

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Pierre Lacotte loves the 19th-century repertoire, and his researches, his sense of an old balletic style, his theatrical acuity, have summoned several works from the mists of time. I have seen half a dozen of these reconstructions. A couple were rather underpowered, but his Sylphide for the Paris Opera, his last year’s Pharoah’s Daughter at the Moscow Bolshoi, were skilled, sensitive, and he has now produced what I find to be his best restoration yet - Paquita for the Opera. It is, as I saw at the Palais Garnier, a great charmer and great fun.
Clement Crisp's review

[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited January 31, 2001).]

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I have the tape of Lacotte's La Sylphide and I love it. I have read that it has many flaws - but I still love it.


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I also believe, I am searching my mind here, that in the film (I have the tape) of "Children of Theater Street" - in the final performance of the school year they danced "Paquita" - or maybe it was just excerpts. The other tape I have is "Backstage at the Kirov".<P>Both of these are marvelous, in my opinion.


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Image <P>'Danced with elegance and panache': Paris Opera Ballet's Paquita Photograph: Photo Icare Trip <P><BR>'Trip to light fantastic. It means a journey to France, but Paris Opera Ballet's fabulous Paquita is worth it, says David Dougill.'<P> <A HREF="http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/02/04/sticuldnc02001.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/02/04/sticuldnc02001.html</A> <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 04, 2001).]


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From the New York Times, Anna Kisselgoff review:<P><center><B>CASTANETS AND A MAZURKA IN PARIS'S "PAQUITA"</B></center><P><center> Image </center><P><center><font size=1>Marie-Agnès Gillot in the title role, with José Martinez in "Paquita."<BR>photo by Icare/ Opéra National de Paris</font></center> <P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>As Théophile Gautier once said, "Giselle" is a poem, while "Paquita" is a melodrama. This range in Romantic ballet has come alive this month with the Paris Opera Ballet's new version of a full-length "Paquita."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><BR><A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/08/arts/08PAQU.html" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 08, 2001).]


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'A handsome muddle - Paquita at the Palais Garnier,' by John Percival<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Once known and admired all over Europe, Paquita for years now has been only a name, remembered by ballet fans for two brilliant showpieces that survived their original context. Now the Paris Opera Ballet has again put on her full story. <P>The ballet was created for this company by Joseph Mazilier in 1846. The famous Marius Petipa remounted it the following year for his St Petersburg début as a dancer. Later, having turned choreographer, he elaborated the work, adding the best-known numbers, and in that form it endured complete until the 1920s. What now reappears is a reconstitution by Pierre Lacotte, based on descriptions, notes and the preserved fragments, but mostly his own choreography.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><BR> <A HREF="Http://www.independent.co.uk/enjoyment/Theatre/Dance/Reviews/2001-02/ballet090201.shtml" TARGET=_blank>Http://www.independent.co.uk/enjoyment/Theatre/Dance/Reviews/2001-02/ballet090201.shtml</A>


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2001 5:31 pm 
Stuart, you should take the Eurostar to Paris more often.


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