After more than a year and a half, the curtains are up again at the Paris Opera ! We’re performing Roland Petit’s “Le Rendez-vous”, “Carmen” and “Le Jeune homme et la Mort” in Palais Garnier, and Nureyev’s “Romeo and Juliet” in Opera Bastille. In the past week, the South Korean dancer Sae Eun Park was nominated to the ultimate Etoile title of the Paris Opera Ballet ! And the next day, the Etoile Eleonora Abbagnato performed for the last time on the stage of the Paris Opera, in her farewell evening.
It’s been a long time since I last wrote on this blog, the rehearsals and preparations of the performances were quite intense and I was very much focused on it. Performing in both “Le Rendez-vous” and “Carmen”, and being offered an opportunity to do a demi soloist role as the “second chief of the bandits” in Carmen, I really wanted to do well and was a little under pressure. The night of the Première, during the curtain call, was the moment when I realised how much rehearsing non-stop without performing had been frustrating, and how much I missed dancing in front of an audience. The applause is every live performer’s best reward and recognition, I shedded a tear.
Since last Thursday, 65% of the full capacity of the theatres is open to public, we’re expecting 100% from this 30th June. This last month of the season is going to be challenging ! We still have 9 more performances of the Roland Petit evening, and 6 shows of the “Soirée Jeunes Danseurs” in which I would perform the Bluebird pas de deux and Les Indomptés.
Will write more soon !