PIETRAGALLA LEAVES PARIS OPERA FOR MARSEILLES POST.PARIS--It was between rehearsals for her final interpretation of Mats Ek's Giselle, in her cozy See COSE. Palais Gamier dressing room, that Marie-Claude Pietragalla paused to give an interview. Across the street from the opera house, her name was plastered on the billboards of the Galeries Lafayette The Galeries Lafayette is a French department store company. History
In 1893 Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened a fashion store in a small haberdasher's shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d'Antin, Paris. , where her latest creation, a monthlong moving fashion show, was underway. Her performances in Giselle were hailed by the local press, and she was warmly received by an enthusiastic sell-out crowd. But her mind was no longer in Paris.
In September 1998, she simultaneously announced her resignation from the Paris Opera Ballet The Paris Opéra Ballet is the official ballet company of the Opéra national de Paris, otherwise known as the Palais Garnier, though known more popularly simply as the Paris Opéra. and began working in Marseilles, where she is replacing Roland Petit Roland Petit (b. 13 January, 1924) is a French choreographer and dancer born in Villemomble near Paris, France.
He trained at the Paris Opéra ballet school, and became well known for his creative ballets, which include:
When the city of Marseilles announced last March that it had chosen Pietragalla to replace Petit, who at seventy-four had decided to step down, the thirty-five-year-old dancer thought that she would be able to wear two hats. Running the Ballet de Marseille and its adjacent school while maintaining her engagements with the Paris Opera Ballet, where she has danced since 1979, seemed feasible. On the day of her nomination, she announced that she would "maintain the repertoire of Roland Petit, keep it alive."
All of that changed, however, when Petit announced, shortly after her nomination, that he was leaving the company and taking his choreography with him. No longer would they have the right to perform his original creations without prior consent; the sets and costumes would be rented for any future performances.
"I wasn't expecting that," says Pietragalla. "I thought there would at least be something left over. I was put in a difficult position because I had to re-create a new ballet, start from scratch to start (again) from the very beginning; also, to start without resources.
See also: Scratch . There was nothing left except the building. It is a brand-new company, as if I had recruited forty-five dancers!"
By September, Pietragalla had announced her plans to leave the Paris Opera Ballet, reassuring the public that her resignation was in no way comparable to the tumultuous departures of Patrick Dupond and Sylvie Guillem Sylvie Guillem (born February 25, 1965 in Paris) is a French ballet dancer who has performed with the Paris Opera Ballet and is currently a guest principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London. . "Au contraire," Pietragalla repeated several times during the interview. "I am not divorcing the Paris Opera Ballet, I am simply getting married to Marseilles."
Upon her fall arrival in this southern port city, Pietragalla immediately increased the ballet from thirty-six to forty-five dancers. She did away with the company's hierarchy, claiming that "soloists are soloists; they don't need to announce it." She is determined to create a tight company. "Symbolically speaking, I want this company to be like a family," she says, "one which operates like that of Pina Bausch Philippine "Pina" Bausch (born July 27, 1940 in Solingen, Germany) is a modern dance choreographer and a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance. or William Forsythe William Forsythe can be:
"I feel quite good because I am the captain of this ship," Pietragalla adds. "I think [the dancers] understand that this is a risk for me, because I am pretty young to take over a company. It is a risk for them, too, because we are all in the same boat."
On January 2, Pietragalla ends her contract with the Paris Opera Ballet in a final performance of Don Quichotte
Don Quichotte (Don Quixote , the very same ballet for which she was promoted to etoile in 1990.