April 03, 2012
Lincoln Center Festival
April 3, 2012
Contact: Marian Skokan, 212-875-5386
LEGENDARY PARIS OPERA BALLET TO PERFORM JULY 11-22 AT
DAVID H. KOCH THEATER
The World’s Oldest National Ballet Company Will Dance Giselle, Program of All-French Works and the U.S. Premiere of Pina Bausch’s Opera-ballet Orpheus and Eurydice
This July, Lincoln Center Festival will present what is sure to be the dance event of the summer when the legendary Paris Opera Ballet returns to New York after an absence of nearly 16 years with five productions from its celebrated repertory, including the U.S. premiere of Pina Bausch’s dance-opera Orpheus and Eurydice to music by C.W. Gluck. Bausch, who died in 2009, was the choreographer and exponent of the Neo-Expressionist form of German dance known as Tanztheater. She originally made Orpheus and Eurydice for her own company, Tanztheater Wuppertal in 1975, and revived it in 1991. Paris Opera Ballet premiered it in 2005 to great acclaim. Bausch’s Orpheus and Eurydice has dual leading roles for dancers and singers who unfold the tragic tale. The vocal soloists are mezzo-soprano Maria Riccarda Wessling (Orpheus), soprano Yun Jung Choi (Eurydice), and soprano Zoe Nicolaidou (Amore), who join the Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble and Chor from Freiburg, Germany. Orpheus and Eurydice will be sung in German and have three performances.
Opening the Company’s Festival engagement on July 11 is a program of three one-act ballets by celebrated French choreographers and composers: Serge Lifar’s Suite en blanc, with music by Édouard Lalo; Roland Petit’s L'Arlésienne, with music by Georges Bizet; and Maurice Béjart’s Boléro, with music by Maurice Ravel. The one-act ballets will have three performances. The exquisite ballet classic Giselle, choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot with music by Adolphe Adam, was first introduced to the world by the Paris Opera Ballet in 1841. The Company will offer six performances of its current production, with the historical sets and costumes created in 1924 by Alexandre Benois.
The origins of the Paris Opera Ballet date to 1661 when Louis XIV established the Royal Academy of Dance and merged it with the Royal Academy of Music in 1669. It was here that theatrical dance flourished and evolved during the 18th and early 19th centuries, and the forms and techniques of classical ballet emerged, to be shaped and honed by generations of virtuoso dancers and choreographers. For more information, visit: www.operadeparis.fr/en/L’Opéra/le_Ballet
Brigitte Lefèvre has been Director of Dance at the Paris Opera since 1995. A product of the famed Paris Opera Ballet School, and a former dancer with the Company, she has also been a noted choreographer and teacher. Committed to maintaining the great historic traditions and classical ballets (including overseeing revivals of Rudolf Nureyev productions), as well as noted works of the 20th-century, Ms. Lefèvre has also built the Company’s future legacy, guiding the creation and introduction of new works. Choreographers who have created or set their work on the Company since her tenure began include, among others, Pina Bausch, Trisha Brown, Maurice Béjart, Carolyn Carlson, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Susanne Linke, Édouard Lock, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, John Neumeier, Robyn Orlin, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Saburo Teshigawara, and Sasha Waltz.
LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL presents
PARIS OPERA BALLET
Brigitte Lefèvre, Director of Dance
July 11 – July 22, 2012
David H. Koch Theater, Broadway at 63rd Street
Wednesday July 11 and Thursday, July 12 at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m.
“French Masters of the 20th Century”
New York City Opera Orchestra
SUITE EN BLANC
Music by Edouard Lalo
Choreography by Serge Lifar
Music by Georges Bizet
Choreography by Roland Petit\
Music by Maurice Ravel
Choreography by Maurice Béjart
Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 14 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 17 – Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
New York City Opera Orchestra
Music by Adolphe Adam
Choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (184)
Restaged by Marius Petipa (1887)
Adapted by Patrice Bart and Eugene Polyakov (1991)
Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m.
Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble and Chor
ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE
Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Choreography and staging by Pina Bausch
This presentation of Paris Opera Ballet is made possible in part by generous support from The Grand Marnier Foundation and the Joelson Foundation.
Tickets: Tickets start at $25 for “French Masters of the 20th Century” and Giselle, and at $30 for Orpheus and Eurydice. They are on sale now, online at www.LincolnCenterFestival.org, at the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall box offices (Broadway at 65th Street) and by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500.
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Lincoln Center Festival 2012 is sponsored by American Express.
Major support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lincoln Center Festival 2012 is also made possible by Nancy A. Marks, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, China International Culture Association, The Skirball Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., The Shubert Foundation, Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Grand Marnier Foundation, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, The Joelson Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, Producers Circle and Friends of Lincoln Center.
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