La Bayadere at Paris Opera Bastille
By Henning Høholt, fotos Tomas Bagackas.
La Bayadere at Opera de Paris, Bastille, Last act with Kimin Kim and Kristina Shapran, foto Tomas Bagackas
PARIS/FRANCE: At Paris Opera Bastille in La Bayadere last night we enjoyd the outststanding guests from Marinsky in Saint Petersburg, Kristina Shapran as Nikita and Kimin Kim as Solor. Together with them Héloïse Bourdon as Gamzatti.
La Bayadere by Rudolf Noureyev, after Marius Petipa. music, Ludvig Minkus arranged by John Lanchberry.
Decor Ezio Frigerio, costumes Franca Squarciapino. light Vinico Chell.
Kimin Kim has this year been guesting in the same role, Solor, with American Ballet Theatre at Metropolitan Opera in New York. He was absolutely extraordinary in this role. All from his very first entrance solo to the very end. *****.
Last act with the three female soloists, there was announced a change in the naems of the three soloists, but we didn´t find it in writing, tehrefore, unfortunately we cant tell the right names. Their solo jobs were brilliant . foto Tomas Bagackas
Kristina Shapran as Nikita was beautiful, her sensitive arms, her high legs, great balanches, very safe.
Héloïse Bourdon was brilliant together with Kimin Kim in the long pas de deux in second act. I notice that so far she is only Sujet, she must soon be an Étoile? This was outstanding.
It was a pleasure to enjoy Francois Alu
as the Golden Idol together with eight small students from the ballet school. Furthermore. Antoine Kirscher
did a good job as the Fakir. I do remember Kirscher very well from the Bournonville Galla
in Biarritz, 2014, where he remarkable danced the male part, together with Alice Catonnet
in August Bournonville
s famouse Pas de deux from the Flower Festival in Genzano
, staged by Dinna Bjørn
. Good to see that this very talented young dancer is brilliant on stage as the Fakir.
Aplaus. Last act with Kimin Kim and Kristina Shapran, foto Tomas Bagackas
The corps des ballet does a good job, the 32 danseuses in the last act were brilliant, their lines, which are so importent in this, were beautiful, as you can see from the photo above.
“The way to bring an old choreography to life is to rediscover a motivation for each movement; without that, there can be no truth.”
- Rudolf Noureev
The Orchestra Colonne, Conducted by Faycal Karoul sounded very well, He managed the very many diffcult, but very importent chnaheg in tepi excellent. Its concertmasters many beautiful soloparts were brilliant.