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Roland Petit: Le Jeune Homme et La Mort; Carmen / Connelly/Orchestre Colonne [DVD]

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The DVD shows two masterpieces of French post-war ballet and a homage to Roland Petit, its most infl uential representative. Including the ballets Le jeune homme et la mort and Carmen in a production with the Orchestre Colonne directed by Paul Conelly. Premiered in June 1946 Le jeune homme et la mort marked the start of a whole new generation of choreography in liberated Paris, becoming the trademark of existentialist ballet. Petit choreographed his Carmen ballet, which is loosely based on Prosper Mérimée's story, to a musical potpourri from Bizet's opera. In this recording filmed at the Opéra National de Paris, the star soloists of the Opéra ballet company take on the challenge: Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agnès Gillot and Clairemarie Osta. Filmed with great visual and musical mastery, both works are documents of Petit's enormous influence on post-war ballet and this DVD can be regarded as a homage to the grand seigneur of French dance.

Petit's Carmen is an entirely different conception from the panoramic, modern, intensely sensual version that Maya Plisetskaya unveiled in the early 1960s. Petit's ballet is tied much more to the Dada style, with numerous touches of surrealism and offbeat humor, and the main characters are presented almost as mannequins. Both facial expressions and exuberance are kept to a minimum... Clairemarie Osta's... dancing is extraordinarily well controlled, virtuosic, and clean... Dorothée Gilbert, as principal soloist among the cigarette girls, isn't Osta's equal as a technician but far surpasses her in stage personality. The role of Escamillo is very brief in this telescoped version of Merimée's story, but that doesn't stop Petit from making the character the most humorous of all. As the repeated rhythms of the "Toreador Song" play, Charlot bobs his head like a chicken, and later struts like one!

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 92 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 :: Passacaglia
  • Performers: Marie-Agnes Gillot (Dancer); Nicolas Le Riche (Dancer); Clairemarie Osta (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Paul Connelly
  • Ensemble: Colonne Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1708-1712

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Excerpt(s)
  • Conductor: Paul Connelly
  • Ensemble: Colonne Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874