To music by JACQUES OFFENBACH
Ballet in one act
Choreography MAURICE BEJART
Set and Costume Design THIERRY BOSQUET
Premiere 27 January 1978, ThГ©Гўtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels
Revival OpГ©ra de Lausanne, January 17, 2016
A young man comes to Paris to study dance. He meets a professor who both adores and bullies him.
He constantly escapes into reveries and fills his universe with dreamlike characters.
Some time ago, Jacqueline Cartier presented me with the text of a musical that she had just written about the life of Offenbach.В I was seduced by the way the character of the musician was portrayed in relation to the period he lived in. I was fascinated to discover, next to the image of Offenbach, this newspaper from the Paris of the Second Empire and the beginning of the Third Republic.
This project reminds me of vivid memories from my youth and my arrival in Paris.
THE OPERA: a magical and monstrous place, a triumph of the sublime and of the bad taste of Napoleon III.
MADAME, the studios, the filth and misery of the beginners, of those who work.
OFFENBACH (he enchanted my youth) and one of my first choreographies:В RГ©pГ©titionВ auВ violonВ was from his music. Aged twenty-one, I had to dance theВ GaГ®tГ© ParisienneВ ballet in London, in MassineвЂ™s choreography. My first experience directing an opera wasВ The Tales of Hoffmann.
PARIS, where I was looking in the alleys for the shadows of a distant past, but could only find Napoleon III and his baron Haussmann.
In a way, this ballet is a mixture between a private diary and a humorous newspaper of the time.
"Symphony in C"
Music by Georges Bizet (SymphonyВ No.В 1В inВ C)
Choreography by GeorgeВ BalanchineВ (1947)
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
George Balanchine staged one ofВ his most famous ballets for theВ company ofВ theВ OpГ©ra de Paris inВ 1947. Invited from beyond theВ ocean, theВ choreographer, inВ executing theВ French commission, was absolutely sure ofВ himself: inВ this new work, as inВ most mature ballets by Balanchine, there was no plot, there were no human passions behind theВ dance, and only theВ music, its rhythm and structure determined theВ development ofВ theВ choreographic image. TheВ character ofВ theВ dance was dictated by Georges BizetвЂ™s youthful Symphony inВ C Major. Its sparkling lightness provided theВ name ofВ theВ workВ вЂ“ LeВ Palais deВ cristal. It is true that soon after theВ ballet was brought to New York theВ invented title became forgotten, and for over half a century many leading ballet companies throughout theВ world have been proud to have BalanchineвЂ™s Symphony inВ C inВ their repertoires. This ballet is ideal for showcasing a companyвЂ™s merits: theВ four parts ofВ theВ ballet are staged for four pairs ofВ soloists, and inВ this ballet dancers can dazzlingly show off their skills and take on theВ incredibly complex fiorituri ofВ theВ shading inВ theВ allegro, and proudly and majestically вЂњsailвЂќ into theВ adagio.
World premiere: 28В JulyВ 1947, ThГ©Гўtre National deВ l'OpГ©ra, Paris
Running time: 40 minutes