- Η πιο όμορφη κοπέλλα του κόσμου : Isabelle Ciaravola
- Ο νέος άντρας: Nicolas Le Riche
- Η μοίρα : Michael Denard
- Ο καμπούρης: Hugo Vigliotti
- Ο τραγουδιστής: Pascal Aubin
REVIEW: A PARIS RENDEZ-VOUS WITH ROLAND PETIT
PARIS, 26 APRIL 2013 — Four vicious murders and an audience on its feet cheering! Such an event could only be for the early masterpieces of the charismatic French choreographer, Roland Petit, an extraordinary creative genius. Three wonderful ballets full of drama, passion and colour, each with a beginning, a middle, and alas, an end, were programmed at the Palais Garnier in March as a tribute to Petit, who died in July, 2011.
The programme began with Le Rendez-vous, a ballet created almost seventy years ago at the end of World War II, which has become a classic of the company’s repertoire. It was inspired by a meeting of Jacques Prévert, Brassai, and Joseph Kosma in a small room behind the kitchen of Petit’s father’s café in Les Halles, where Petit, aged only 21 at the time, listened enthralled to Prévert unfolding the story. And in an impromptu visit to Picasso’s studio in the Rue des Grands- Augustins, the young choreographer managed to convince the Spanish artist to give him the backcloth for his new ballet. Kosma created a haunting score for the work, the melody for the pas de deux being later picked up by Yves Montand who made it famous as "Autumn Leaves." Such was Petit’s personal magnetism even at that early age, that he was able to attract the greatest and most fashionable artists, writers, poets and musicians around him, from Picasso to Dutilleux and Cocteau, with even Chaplin writing a scenario for him.
Nicolas Le Riche and Eléonora Abbagnato in Le Rendez-vous
Choreography: Roland Petit
Le Rendez-vous, which takes place in the street outside a dance-hall at night, is a theatrical work full of atmosphere evoking the days of a Paris which has gone forever. It is focused around ‘the most beautiful girl in the world’. The Young Man, magnificently interpreted by Nicolas Le Riche, a supreme artist, believes he has tricked his destiny by arranging a rendezvous with the most beautiful girl, in this case, Eleonora Abbagnato, always at her best in the works of Roland Petit, but ironically, it is this very meeting which proves his undoing as the girl whips out her knife to put an end to his days.
Le Riche, one of Petit’s favourite interpreters, gave a phenomenal performance. Such was his intensity and involvement with the role, it was almost impossible to tear one’s eyes away from him even when he was immobile. His whole body was sheer emotion. Hugo Vigliotti as the hunchback gave an excellent performance, the dance sequences between the two men being outstanding. Abbagnato, nominated étoile during her series of performances, added just that touch of cold vulgarity to the role of the most beautiful girl, enough to let us see his imminent demise.
Hugo Vigliotti as the hunchback in Le Rendez-vous
Choreography: Roland Petit