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Tout près des étoiles [videorecording] : les danseurs de l'Opéra de Paris

Title
Tout près des étoiles [videorecording] : les danseurs de l'Opéra de Paris / presented by Little Bear and Gaïa Films ; a film by Nils Tavernier ; produced by Frédéric Bourboulon and Agathe Berman.
Publication
France : Little Bear/Gaïa Films, c2000 ; Brooklyn, N.Y. : First Run/Icarus Films [distributor]

Details

Additional Authors
Description
1 videocassette (97 min.) : sd., col. NTSC; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Uniform Title
  • Doux mensonges (Choreographic work : Kylian)
  • Ninth symphony (Choreographic work : Béjart)
  • Swan lake (Choreographic work : Nureyev)
Alternative Title
  • Dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet
  • Étoiles dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet.
  • Étoiles the Paris Opéra Ballet Company.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Documentaries and factual films and programs.
  • Features.
  • Motion pictures.
  • Video.
Note
  • Letterbox format.
  • Title on wrapper and cassette label: Étoiles: dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet. Screened at the Dance on Camera Festival 2002 in New York City, and listed in its program as: Dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet.
Credits (note)
  • Camera, Dominique Le Rigoleur, Nils Tavernier ; [still] photography, Vincent Tessier ; editing, Florence Ricard ; produced with the participation of Canal+ and the Centre National de la Cinématographie.
Performer (note)
  • Interviewees: Marie-Agnès Gillot, Manuel Legris, Brigitte Lefèvre, Wilfried Romoli, Jiri Kylian, Claude Bessy, Ghislaine Thesmar, Noëlla Pontois, Miteki Kudo, Patrice Bart, Agnes Letestu, Aurélie Dupont, Carole Arbo, Jose Martinez, Maurice Béjart, Elisabeth Platel, and other members of the artistic, pedagogic and administrative staff of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris and its school. Many interviewees are not identified on frame.
  • Also appearing: Cyril Atanassoff, Lionel Delanoë, Céline Talon, Nicolas Le Riche, Viviane Descoutures, others.
Language (note)
  • In French with English subtitles.
Contents
Dance excerpts: Orison / choreography, Pierre Darde ; music, Costin Miereanu -- Doux mensonges (Sweet lies) / choreography, Jiri Kylian ; music, Carlo Gesualdo, Claudio Monteverdi, madrigals, Georgian chant -- Apollon musagète [Apollo] / choreography, George Balanchine ; music, Igor Stravinsky -- Swan lake / choreography, Rudolf Nureyev ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky -- La sylphide / choreography, Pierre Lacotte after Filippo Taglioni ; music, Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer -- La IXème symphonie [Ninth symphony] / choreography, Maurice Béjart ; music, Ludwig van Beethoven -- Solisoli / choreography, Gilles Baron ; music, Henry Purcell (Dido and Aeneas).
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-5946
Title
Tout près des étoiles [videorecording] : les danseurs de l'Opéra de Paris / presented by Little Bear and Gaïa Films ; a film by Nils Tavernier ; produced by Frédéric Bourboulon and Agathe Berman.
Imprint
France : Little Bear/Gaïa Films, c2000 ; Brooklyn, N.Y. : First Run/Icarus Films [distributor]
Country of Producing Entity
France.
Credits
Camera, Dominique Le Rigoleur, Nils Tavernier ; [still] photography, Vincent Tessier ; editing, Florence Ricard ; produced with the participation of Canal+ and the Centre National de la Cinématographie.
Performer
Interviewees: Marie-Agnès Gillot, Manuel Legris, Brigitte Lefèvre, Wilfried Romoli, Jiri Kylian, Claude Bessy, Ghislaine Thesmar, Noëlla Pontois, Miteki Kudo, Patrice Bart, Agnes Letestu, Aurélie Dupont, Carole Arbo, Jose Martinez, Maurice Béjart, Elisabeth Platel, and other members of the artistic, pedagogic and administrative staff of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris and its school. Many interviewees are not identified on frame.
Also appearing: Cyril Atanassoff, Lionel Delanoë, Céline Talon, Nicolas Le Riche, Viviane Descoutures, others.
Summary
Documentary on the Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris [Paris Opéra Ballet], filmed in 1999 over a period of three months. The film begins in April 1999 with the company's guest engagement in Japan, then moves back to Paris and the company's two performing venues, the Opéra Garnier and the Opéra Bastille. Various aspects of a dancer's life are explored against a background of classes, rehearsals, and performances. Topics include the dancers' love for their art despite the hard physical work it entails ; their rigorous training (illustrated by scenes of classes at the company's school in Nanterre) ; the artistic challenges offered by the company's varied repertory ; the dancers' co-existing sense of camaraderie and isolation ; the dichotomy between growing artistic maturity and waning physical ability ; the prospect of retirement from performing. The documentary captures the farewell performance of étoile Elisabeth Platel, and her speech at the ensuing party.
Language
In French with English subtitles.
Added Author
Gillot, Marie-Agnès. Interviewee
Legris, Manuel. Interviewee
Lefèvre, Brigitte. Interviewee
Romoli, Wilfried. Interviewee
Kylian, Jiri, 1947- choreographer. Interviewee
Bessy, Claude. Interviewee
Thesmar, Ghislaine. Interviewee
Pontois, Noëlla, 1943- Interviewee
Kudo, Miteki. Interviewee
Bart, Patrice. Interviewee
Letestu, Agnès. Interviewee
Dupont, Aurélie. Interviewee
Arbo, Carole. Interviewee
Martínez, José, 1969- Interviewee
Béjart, Maurice, choreographer. Interviewee
Platel, Elisabeth, dancer. Interviewee
Atanassoff, Cyril.
Delanoë, Lionel.
Talon, Céline.
Le Riche, Nicolas.
Descoutures, Viviane.
Tavernier, Nils.
Bourboulon, Frédéric. Producer
Darde, Pierre.
Balanchine, George, choreographer.
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993, choreographer.
Lacotte, Pierre, 1932- choreographer.
Baron, Gilles, choreographer.
Opéra de Paris. Ballet.
Opéra de Paris. Ecole de danse.
Little Bear Production.
Gaia Films.
Studio Canal.
Centre national de la cinématographie (France)
First Run/Icarus Films.
Balanchine, George. Apollo
Added Title
Étoiles [videorecording] : dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet.
Dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet [videorecording]
Étoiles [videorecording] : the Paris Opéra Ballet Company.
Doux mensonges (Choreographic work : Kylian)
Swan lake (Choreographic work : Nureyev)
Ninth symphony (Choreographic work : Béjart)
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-5946
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