- Agnes Letestu (Dancer)
- Nicolas Le Riche (Dancer)
- Marie-Agnes Gillot (Dancer)
- Dorothee Gilbert (Dancer)
Notes & Reviews:
Ten years after his death, the Paris Opera Ballet paid homage to the American choreographer who considered the Paris Opera as his second home after the New York City Ballet. The three pieces performed here illustrate not only the diversity of the choreographer's repertoire and sources of inspiration, but also his love of music and his all-embracing attitude to the performing arts. Jerome Robbins brought new energy to classical dance, introducing 20th century urban rhythms, confirming its status as a modern entertainment form and instilling it as a force of contemporary theatre.
En Sol, set to Maurice Ravel's Concerto, provided Jerome Robbins with an opportunity to reveal the relaxed, fluid feel so emblematic of his style.
In the Night and The Concert are two tributes to Chopin. Robbins transforms Les Nocturnes into In the Night, a long and poetic pas de deux built like a metaphor of love in all its states. The Concert joins the ranks of the few comic ballets in the history of dance. Taking as its point of departure images inspired by some of Chopin's more fancifully entitled scores, Jerome Robbins' piano recital is a comic plea for the cause of human vulnerability.
Lastly, Benjamin Millepied, who made his dance debut with Robbins in New York, dedicates his second creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, Triade, to him. "Dance is composed of human relations", Robbins used to say. A worthy heir to his master, Benjamin Millepied matches this credo through a fruitful dialogue with composer Nico Muhly. --LAURE GUILBERT
Run Time: 111 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Unfortunately, the DVD hits a weak spot, in my opinion. Triade, with music commissioned from Nico Muhly, and choreography by Benjamin Millepied is a very dull and typical contemporary showpiece. This has nothing to do with Jerome Robbins (albeit the fact that he says it does), and doesn't belong on a DVD entitled 'Tribute to Jerome Robbins'. Of course, the dancers here are all stunning, and the orchestra plays very well - it's just a matter of the creativity of Millepied and Muhly. There's no hope in matching the genius of Jerome Robbins - so why even try?
Otherwise, the DVD is filmed in stunning HD, and looks great on a big screen. The DVD case itself is in the shape of a small book, with a small biography of Robbins, and a description of each of the ballets included, with the DVD at the end of the book. 'Tribute to Jerome Robbins', featuring the Paris Opera Ballet and Orchestra, is an excellent collection of ballets by a genius, danced impeccably. I recommend this to any fan of dance, even though it should belong in anyone's film collection.
Submitted on 03/23/12 by danrubin06
Works DetailsVarious : Work(s)
- Performers: Agnes Letestu (Dancer); Nicolas Le Riche (Dancer); Marie-Agnes Gillot (Dancer); Dorothee Gilbert (Dancer)
- Conductor: Koen Kessels
- Ensemble: Paris Opera Orchestra