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Paris Opera Ballet

When Old Rules Undermine Artistic Judgement

By Patricia Boccadoro

PARIS, 11 October 2001 - Because of nonsensical regulations, the prestigious French company has lost another two ballerinas. After the 'forced ' retirement of Monique Loudières and Elisabeth Platel, Isabelle Guèrin and Fanny Gaida have now been obliged to leave the company, regardless of the fact that at the present time, there is nobody to replace them. Adding these losses to the current policy of promoting insipid, stereotyped young men to the higher ranks, one can only wonder where the company is headed.

As far as the repertory is concerned, there is little to get excited about this season, with the lack of good home choreographers becoming more apparent.


Patricia Boccadoro writes on dance in Europe. She contributes to The Guardian, The Observer and Dancing Times and was dance consultant to the BBC Omnibus documentary on Rudolf Nureyev. Ms. Boccadoro is the dance editor for

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