Old Rules Undermine Artistic Judgement
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.
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
about exciting dance and ballet productions in Europe and America this
autumn in Culturekiosque's Dance Calendar.
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