Ballets Russes: Moscow — Paris


Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes was born of a happy meeting between the cultures of the two countries. Neither in Paris nor in Russia do they forget this and hence the concert at which the present-day curators of the glorious traditions of the past have to demonstrate their gifts in a very complex repertoire inherited from Fokine, Nijinsky, Massine. Added to which this concert represents an attractive prelude to the years of culture exchange which lies ahead — France in Russia (2010) and Russia in France (2011).

The 16 December concert is organized, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of its foundation, by AROP (L’Association pour le Rayonnement de l’Opera national de Paris), Les Amis de l’Opera.

This non-commercial organization was founded in 1980. Among the privileges enjoyed by its members (of which at the present time there are 2700, including corporate), apart from advanced booking facilities for good seats in the auditorium and self promotion as a sponsor of high art, is the opportunity to feel directly involved in the life of the famous Theatre. Thanks to donations from its members AROP takes part in the financing of Paris Opera projects and, with the aim of boosting the prestige of the Opera, it organizes ground-breaking cultural events. The resulting proceeds go towards financing new productions, tours, publishing activities and exhibitions.

The President of AROP is Monsieur Jean-Louis Beffa, the Chairman of the Board of Directors is the multinational Saint-Gobain corporation, specializing in the production of building materials, with head office in Paris (and an office in Russia — Saint-Gobain Building Production Rus).

December 16, 19.30 pm
Part I
Carl Maria von Weber
Le Spectre de la rose
Choreography by Mikhail Fokine
Nina Kaptsova
Mathias Heymann

Claude Debussi
L’apres-midi d’un faune
Choreography by Vatslav Nijinsky
Nicolas Le Riche
Emilie Cozette

Camille Saint-Saens
La morte du cygne
Choreography by Mikhail Fokine
Marie-Agnes Gillot

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Duet from Shekherezada
Choreography by Mikhail Fokine
Agnes Letestu
Nikolai Tsiskaridze

Adolphe Adam
Pas de deux from Giselle
Choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot
Aurelie Dupont
Ruslan Skvortsov

Manuel De Falla
Duet from Le Tricorne
Choreography by Leonide Massine
Maria Alexandrova
Jose Martinez

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Excerpt from Swan Lake
Choreography by Rudolf Nureev
Svetlana Zakharova
Karl Paquette
Stephane Bullion

Part II
Igor Stravinsky
Petrushka — Benjamin Pech
Ballerina — Natalia Osipova
Moor — Karl Paquette