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STRANGE BALLET EVENING AT GARNIER


STRANGE BALLET EVENING AT GARNIER

Visited by Henning Høholt

PARIS/FRANCE: For the historical interested 10-20 in the audience it might be of interest? But for the rest it was a strange evening. Merce Cunningham choreography Walk Around Time from 1968 looked like a too old, old fashion film, and received a lot of buh buh buh from the audience during the applause. Beautiful dancers in smart outfit in delicious colours after Jasper Johns, who was on duty and did their job well. The sound collage by with textes and also set design after Marcel Duchamp was special, and didn´t makes any success. Boring and not catching at all. 

Merck Cunningham: Walk Around Time (1968) to Marcel Duchamp strange text, and sound collage and scenography. Beautiful dancers. applause foto Henning Høholt

Merce Cunningham: Walk Around Time (1968) to Marcel Duchamp strange text, and sound collage and scenography. Beautiful dancers. applause foto Henning Høholt

Trio

William Forsythe Trio. Three dancers, two male and one female starts by showing the audience marks on their arms, legs and bodies. This is the bacground for all the 18 minutes strange moving around on stage. Nice silk material for one shirt for the one male, – costumes by Stephen Galloway. A pity for Beethoven who got used his music for such a joke. – String Quartet no 15 Second movement played on tape by Alban Berg quartet, but split up and details repeated, which spoiled it. These dancers also did their job well, but also not a success.

Herman Scherman

From Herman Scherman, Illustration Photo Francois Aly, Photo: Opera de Paris

From Herman Scherman, Illustration Photo Francois Aly, Photo: Opera de Paris

The last piece by Forsythe, Herman Scherman, from 1992, with music by Thom Williams was better, but still not to the high field that the audience expect with the Paris Opera Ballet. – Except the small 4 minutes add in the very end, with a couple of dancers- Hannah O´Neill and Hugo Marchand (?) who  danced a happy brilliant pas de deus very well, excellent, with great musicality and elegance. These last two dancers saved the impression of the ballet evening. To this small contemporary ballet, – spite with classical movements, costumes was by Gianni Versace and William Forsythe.

Hannah O´Neill and Hugo Marchand (?) who  danced a happy brilliant Forsythe pas de deus very well, excellent, with great musicality and elegance. They saved all the evening.

Hannah O´Neill and Hugo Marchand (?) who danced a happy brilliant Forsythe pas de deus very well, excellent, with great musicality and elegance. They saved all the evening. Curtain call photo Henning Høholt

This kind of dance program could have been shown to a smaller audience in Theatre de la Ville, but, to my opinion, not at Palais Garner.

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