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Tribute to Jerome Robbins

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Ten years after his death, the Paris Opera Ballet payed tribute to the American choreographer Jerome Robbins. With Marie-Agnès Gilllot, Benjamin Pech, Agnès Letestu, Laetitia Pujol, Stéphane Bullion, Nicolas Le Riche…  

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Tribute to Jerome Robbins

Ten years after his death, the Paris Opera Ballet payed tribute to the American choreographer who considered the Paris Opera as his second home after 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 with the interrogations of contemporary theatre.

En Sol, set to Maurice Ravel’s Concerto en sol, follows no particular narrative line or dramatic effect. Echoing the music’s jazzy invitations and light-heartedly copying Broadway style, this is a light and joyous piece for two soloists and an ensemble. It 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 Frederic Chopin, each in a different register. Seeking to free the composer from the commonplaces that have often belittled his music, 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.

The fact that, at the very same period, he was contributing to the renewal of the musical by bringing a tragic side to his West Side Story, only underlines his insatiable thirst for originality and his immense talent for freely combining genres and styles. Lastly, Benjamin Millepied, who made his dance debut with Robbins in New York, dedicates his second creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, Triade, to the choreographer. “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.

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Tribute to Jerome Robbins

EN SOL

Music Maurice Ravel
Choreography Jerome Robbins
With Marie-Agnès Gillot
Florian Magnenet

TRIADE – World premiere

Music : Nico Muhly (commissioned by the Paris Opera)
Choreography & costumes Benjamin Millepied
With Marie-Agnès Gillot
Laëtitia Pujol
Audric Bezard
Marc Moreau

IN THE NIGHT

Music Frédéric Chopin
Choreography
 Jerome Robbins
With Clairemarie Osta
Benjamin Pech
Agnès Letestu
Stéphane Bullion
Delphine Moussin
Nicolas Le Riche

THE CONCERT

Music Frédéric Chopin
Choreography Jerome Robbins
With Dorothée Gilbert
Stéphane Phavorin
Alessio Carbone
Emmanuel Thibault

Ballet & Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris
Conductor Koen Kessels

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HD recording : Opéra national de Paris (Palais Garnier) | 09/2008
TV direction : Vincent Bataillon
Release date : 27 October 2011
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

1 DVD [DIGIBOOK]
Reference
: BAC070
Barcode : 3760115300705
Running time : 111 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER | 36 pages
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY [DIGIBOOK]
Reference : BAC470
Barcode : 3760115304703
Running time : 111 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER | 36 pages
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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