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:
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……
And it’s Chinese New Year! Les Galeries LaFayette is very eager to celebrate Chinese New Year to attract and satisfy its Chinese clients.
One day before the Générale of our mixed program Cherkaoui/Goecke/Lidberg. I had one day to stay away from my studies which are getting a little intense and ballet. Today’s weather was great, we havent seen Paris this sunny since quite a long time. Going out for a walk under this weather was heavenly, very relaxing for the mind, body and eyes.
I met some Hong Kong friends and my French teacher from Hong Kong for some good talks. It was so soul-soothing to be able to talk to them in a period when I question a lot about my future.
A day-off and inspiring ideas from other people fuel you up for a week of work.
In a few days, the contemporary mixed-bill Cherkaoui/Goecke/Lidberg will be premiered in Palais Garnier. Earlier this afternoon, at the end our last studio rehearsal in the Studio Petipa, a shooting team was here for a video shooting. Probably for a teaser of the new production? It reminds me of my lessons in Digital Communication of my business course.
The Paris Opera Ballet has done a lot of work in terms of communication in social medias recently, following the trend.
Yesterday night, I had the opportunity to watch the stage run through of Marco Goecke’s new piece for this evening: Dogs Sleep. I was so excited to watch it finally! Absolutely loved it, I like Marco’s style and universe very much.
The shooting team was playing with lightings, dry-ice smokes and different effects for this teaser shooting. Very fascinating for me to stay behind and watch their work!
Writing this in the wings just before a stage rehearsal of our new production Les Noces.
It is very exciting to discover Stravinsky’s music played by live orchestra and singers.
Yesterday, we moved from the studio to the stage. The ballet that we are going to perform in a week is a new creation by Pontus Lidberg, with the music of Les Noces by Stravinsky.
It is very impressive to see big roses dropping down from the ceiling!
Together with this mixed contemporary program is another creation by Marco Goecke, one of my favorite choreographers. Especially because I had a great great experience performing one of his solos on the open-air stage of Varna last summer.
This program will be at Palais Garnier from 5th February to 2nd March: https://www.operadeparis.fr/saison-18-19/ballet/goecke-lidberg-cherkaoui
A letter to Pauline. Behind this unsent letter is a painful memory.
Memory of a difficult time that made Chun overcome his fears, that made him learn and face his weakness seriously and bravely.
This letter was never meant to be sent to Pauline, yet there were things that Chun wanted to tell her at that moment.
Face challenges and dark periods with courage, or they make you fall, or they make you stronger.
Before you give up, always “硬著頭皮做”. (https://lamchunwing.weebly.com/blog—my-recent-stories/9693533)
Chun was still in Hong Kong only two weeks ago…… his hometown, a place that is home for him but that doesn’t feel like home anymore. Each time he sees impressive changes in the city: New shops, new buildings, new metro lines and stations…..
Among these new places is Tai Kwun, an old police station situated at the Hong Kong Island side. After renovation, Tai Kwun became a place for exhibitions, shops and of course a sort of a museum of the old British Colony.
With a friend, Chun spent some time there…
The most important part of his stay in Hong Kong was of course his time with Ah Ma. At 94 years old, each time when Chun goes back home to see her, Ah Ma has more health problems than the time before.
After Chun’s father got retired, Ah Ma no longer prepare dinner for the family as she had been doing for decennies, as Daddy becomes the chef of the family.
But each time when Chun goes back home, Ah Ma would insist making him this “Ju Pah” (Panfried pork) with tomato sauce. Daddy prepared the rest of the dinner for the family, while Ah Ma cooked this one dish, just for Chun…
Ah Ma, stay healthy, I love you.