This encounter between two great French composers and two choreographers from the New York City Ballet, its founder George Balanchine and former student Benjamin Millepied, highlights the similarities and dissonances between them. In 1947, George Balanchine paid tribute to the company and to the French tradition with his first production for the Paris Opera Ballet, Le Palais de Cristal, in which he choreographed an early work by Georges Bizet, the Symphony in C. Characterised by its architectural design and sense of dialogue with the music, this ballet is a model of academic virtuosity, to which Christian Lacroix, an artisan of light and colour, has brought new shape. Benjamin Millepied's third creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, in collaboration with the conceptual artist Daniel Buren, revisits the myth of Daphnis and Chloe. In the tradition of Balanchine, Millepied draws his inspiration from the rhythms and colours of Ravel's “choreographic symphony” for chorus and orchestra. Accompanying the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time, Philippe Jordan conducts these masterpieces of French music.
LE PALAIS DE CRISTAL | Music : Georges Bizet (Symphony in C major) | Choreography : George Balanchine | DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ (creation) | Music : Maurice Ravel (complete version) | Choreography : Benjamin Millepied
Palais de cristal : Amandine Albisson, Mathieu Ganio, Laura Hecquet, Fanny Gorse, Audric Bezard, Vincent Chaillet, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Karl Paquette, Charline Giezendanner, Sae Eun Park, Axel Ibot, Florimond Lorieux, Valentine Colasante, Pierre Arthur Raveau, Héloïse Bourdon, Séverine Westermann, Yannick Bittencourt, Fabien Revillion, Nolwenn Daniel, Emmanuel Thibault, Marion Barbeau, Laurène Lévy, Cyril Mitilian, Mickaël Lafon || Daphnis et Chloé : Hervé Moreau, Aurélie Dupont, Alessio Carbone, Eleonora Abbagnato, François Alu
Philippe Jordan : Direction musicale Alessandro Di Stefano : Chef du Choeur
Production compagny : Telmondis
Coproduction compagny : Opéra national de Paris with the participation of France Télévisions
Running Time : 1x100'
Production Year : 2014
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : HD CAM, Digibeta 16/9