What a totally unexpectedly intense week I had! We have been deprived of performances and our usual dancer routine for more than a year now and all of a sudden, we had quite an incredibly tough week preparing for the upcoming (or not…) “Soirée Jeunes Danseurs” at the Paris Opera Ballet. It is a program that is scheduled to be performed at the Palais Garnier from March to April 2021, with only young dancers of the Corps de Ballet in the castings, performing in principal/soloist roles which are habitually reserved for senior and experienced dancers of the company. A great opportunity for us to learn, really.
As for me, I will be performing the Bluebird pas de deux from Rudolf Nureyev’s “Sleeping Beauty”, and Claude Brumachon’s “Les indomptés”. How exciting! We started the rehearsals this week and even though the performances with an audience seem unlikely for March and April, the Opera might film it or at least, working on these two ballets have been an incredible opportunity for us.
I danced the Bluebird pas de deux in a gala performance a few years ago, when I just entered the Paris Opera Ballet and didn’t remember that it was so challenging for the stamina. While the pas de deux is short and rather fun to do, the variation and the coda for the male dancer is particularly challenging in terms of stamina. Anyway, it’s a pleasure for me to work on this very same pas de deux once again a few years later, and to realise how I changed and grew as a dancer, what I learned from the past years’ experience, and how I actually partner and dance it differently. With my partner Luna Peigné, an excellent dancer, we are working with Irek Mukhamedov, a phenomenal Russian dancer and ballet master, we got lucky!
We met Claude Brumachon, the choreographer of this poetic contemporary piece called “Les Indomptés”, and Benjamin Lamarche who participated in the creation. Benjamin Lamarche taught us the ballet with precision and sincere passion. The number of details is mind-blowing. Added up, these precisions make the piece so poetic. The beginning of “Les Indomptés” reminds me of the style of Marco Goecke that I had the chance to learn for the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2018, and this experience certainly helped me in learning this ballet too. Below is a video of this piece performed by the twin brothers Jiri and Otto Bubenicek.
Switching between Bluebird and Indomptés rehearsals has been very difficult. and I was physically exhausted during the last few days…… And yesterday during the last Indomptés rehearsal of the week, seemingly I hurt my neck, like a whiplash. After watching the video above you might see very well why cervical sprain is very likely!