Ballet season 2011: La Petite Danseuse de Degas (Ballet l’Opera de national de Paris)

La Petite Danseuse de Degas (Degas’ Little Dancer)

By Patrice Bart

SATURDAY  13 NOVEMBER and SUNDAY 14 of NOVEMBER (Additional screenings at select cinemas)

Participating cinemas

This two-part performance is captured live in high definition from L’Opéra national de Paris.

La Petite Danseuse de Degas/ Degas’ Little Dancer is a co-production with L’Opéra national de Paris, Telmondis, Bel Air Média and Mezzo, with the participation of Francetélévisions and the support of the CNC. Production by Vincent Bataillon.

Freed from her glass prison, the famous statuette of La Petite Danseuse (The Little Dancer) comes to life for Paris Opera choreographer and ballet-master Patrice Bart. Recalling the true story of Marie Van Goethem, who served as a model for the sculptor, he plunges into the Paris Opera’s past to evoke the sad destiny of one of the ballerinas from the corps du ballet and the aura of a bygone era.

Choreographer: Patrice Bart

Étoiles: Clairemarie Osta, Delphine Moussin, Elisabeth Maurin, Mathieu Ganio, José Martinez and Benjamin Pech. With the Premiers Danseurs and  Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris.

Music: Denis Levaillant, performed by the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, conducted by Koen Kessels

Set design: Ezio Toffolutti

Costumes: Sylvie Skinazi

Lighting: Marion Hewlett

Running time: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes