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Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (2001)

Tout près des étoiles: Les danseurs de l'Opéra de Paris (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 14 March 2001 (France)
ETOILES: DANCERS OF THE PARIS OPERA BALLET celebrates the legacy of one of the best ballet companies in the world by weaving together rehearsals, tour snapshots and performances of ... See full summary »


Nils Tavernier


Nils Tavernier




Credited cast:
Aurélie Dupont Aurélie Dupont ... Les Étoiles
Laurent Hilaire Laurent Hilaire ... Les Étoiles
Nicolas Le Riche Nicolas Le Riche ... Les Étoiles
Manuel Legris Manuel Legris ... Les Étoiles
José Martinez José Martinez ... Les Étoiles
Elisabeth Platel Elisabeth Platel ... Les Étoiles
Jean-Guillaume Bart Jean-Guillaume Bart ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Marie-Agnès Gillot Marie-Agnès Gillot ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Clairemarie Osta Clairemarie Osta ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Nathalie Riqué Nathalie Riqué ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Wilfried Romoli Wilfried Romoli ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Céline Talon Céline Talon ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Miteki Kudo Miteki Kudo ... Corps de Ballet (Sujet)
Sylvain Durand Sylvain Durand ... Les Pianistes de cours
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Bessy Claude Bessy ... La Directrice de l'École de Danse


ETOILES: DANCERS OF THE PARIS OPERA BALLET celebrates the legacy of one of the best ballet companies in the world by weaving together rehearsals, tour snapshots and performances of classical ballets such as Swan Lake and La Sylphide, as well as contemporary works such as Maurice Bejart's Ninth Symphony, Jiri Kylian's Doux Mensonge (Sweet Lies) and Pierre Darde's Orison.

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Doux Mensonges
(Choréographie de Jirí Kylian)
Music by Carlo Gesualdo, Claudio Monteverdi, madrigaux, chant géorgien
Performed by Les Arts Florissants with Rebecca Ockenden, Stéphanie d'Oustrac,
Marijana Mijanovic, Ryland Angel, Éric Raffard, Michael Loughlin-Smith,
, Bertrand Chuberre, Arnaud Marzorati, Sophie Decaudaveine
Conducted by William Christie
Assistant conductor: Kenneth Weiss
avec l'aimable autoriation des Arts Florissants
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Perhaps of greater interest to dancers than the general public.
28 December 2004 | by standardmetalSee all my reviews

The general message of this video is that it's extremely difficult and physically demanding to be a dancer. This is an idea that was probably absorbed by the dance public quite a while ago and I, for one, am not anxious to hear it again. And yet, this video drums it into our heads repeatedly while showing the brutality of the "Etoile" (star) survival-of-the-fittest system.

I also fail to see why so much is made of Bejart's work. And especially since the "Ninth Symphony", admittedly not a ballet but more of a "circus" in my opinion, is set to Beethoven's music. For some reason, Beethoven, for all his greatness, seems to be one of the least danceable composers to ever be choreographed. Maybe his actual ballet music like "The Creatures of Prometheus" might be done more successfully.

To me, the Kylian section is more interesting.

I found this video to be quite tedious despite some passing pleasures along the way. No doubt it would be of greater interest to dancers and ballet fans.

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$4,117, 10 November 2002

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