Thursdays in July
Thursday evening is a ballet evening on Stingray Classica, presenting some brand-new, never-before-broadcasted dance performances. The evening starts with the beautiful ballet Pneuma by Carolyn Carlson in which the dancers go from white to black, floating and twirling in an epic and hypnotic poetry. The following week features the Paris Opera Ballet in the famous L'Arlésienne, another legendary choreography by Roland Petit to the music of Bizet. July 18th takes the viewers on a mysterious journey to Siberia. The performance of Russia is illustrated by a flow of images from the time of the silent movies and accompanied by the miraculous sound of Tchaikovsky’s music!
July 4 | Pneuma
Choreographer Carolyn Carlson created the beautiful ballet 'Pneuma' especially for the Ballet of the Opéra national de Bordeaux, in 2014. The ballet is inspired by the air and the dreams of Gaston Bachelard, a French philosopher. 'Pneuma' literally 'Breath of Life' in ancient Greek is a luminous work full of dreamlike images immersed in the haunting music of Gavin Bryars. The wind is everywhere on the stage, in the herbs of the decor, in the fluidity of the clothes and the hair of the dancers. The twenty-two performers go from white to black, alternately floating and whirling like dervishes, in an epic and hypnotic poetry. The music is played by the Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine under the baton of Pieter-Jelle de Boer.
July 11 | L'Arlésienne
L'Arlésienne was presented by the Paris Opera Ballet with The Young Man and the Death and Carmen, three legendary works by Roland Petit. In L'Arlésienne, on his very wedding day, the handsome Frédéri, ever enamoured of the faithless Arlésienne, is snatched away by Death. The music is composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875) and the story based on the novel by Alphonse Daudet with the same name. The orchestra and ballet of the National Opera of Paris is led by Emmanuel Villaume. Soloists are Isabelle Guérin and Manuel Legris.
July 18 | Russia
Russia was created by Marcos Morau for the Spanish company La Veronal, evoking the aesthetics of the 1980s in the Soviet Union. It is a mysterious journey in the thick of Siberia, illustrated by a flow of images from the time of the silent movies. The music is by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and North Howling. Recorded at Théâtre National de Chaillot in 2014.
July 25 | Diverrès - Stance II
Francesca Mattavelli performs “Stance II” by choreographer Catherine Diverrès. A striking meteor, which hit the contemporary dance scene in the 1980s, Diverrès made her mark immediately, turning her back on the dominant concepts of American postmodern dance and the classic vocabulary of her training. Like other choreographers of her generation, Diverrès created her own language, invented her own universe. Created in 1997, the solo "Stance II" is the second part of "Stance I", a "condensed", uninterrupted movement with a single presence and its unique shadow that projects and disappears. The music is performed by Ejij Nakasawa. The spoken words are ‘La terra di lavoro’ by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Recorded in the Théâtre de Lenche, Marseille in 2014.