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Première on the new year of the PIG!~

Yesterday was the first day of Chinese New Year. First of all I wish everyone Kung Hay Fat Choy! Good Health and Joy! It is also the day of the Première of the mixed contemporary program Cherkaoui/Goecke/Lidberg at Palais Garnier.

I didn’t dance yesterday night. Apparently, I am now second cast of the program, and will be performing on 11th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 28th February. The second cast didn’t get to rehearse much during the preparation process, we will have one stage run this Friday, before our first show on 11th! Very exciting…The weather in Paris had been cold and rainy for days….  But the sun finally came out again yesterday and offered us a nice view of Paris from the studio Noureev:

View of Eiffel Tower from Studio Noureev

And that rehearsal in Studio Noureev was our last work session with the choreographer and his team: Pontus L. , Jens, and Nathanel. This time, I learned a lot about the process of the creation of a new ballet. It requires a lot of time and research, research in the idea of the piece, the music, the message behind (there could be a message behind or not at all), the choreographic material, organisation, castings…….. Freedom is obviously the choreographer’s best friend while creating, yet in most cases, his/her freedom is limited, by the Artistic Direction of the company, the dancers’ desire, the organisation of the company, the size and possibilities of the stage, the competence of the other teams (technique, lighting and sets, musicians), the taste of the audience, the country in which the piece will be premiered ….. etc. It’s a huge project! 

Bravo to all choreographers to your work! The day of the Premiere must be something…. Having no idea of how the audience would react to the new creation, it must be quite scary……

Curtain Call
The stage of Palais Garnier right after the performance, behind the curtain

And it’s Chinese New Year! Les Galeries LaFayette is very eager to celebrate Chinese New Year to attract and satisfy its Chinese clients.

Chinese New Year themed windows at Galeries LaFayette

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