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News, 9-8: The Taglioni Insider
LACOTTE TO JOIN DANCE INSIDER FOR TAGLIONI BICENTENNIAL TRIBUTE
By Dance Insider Staff
Copyright 2004 The Dance Insider
PARIS -- Pierre Lacotte,
whose 1971 reconstruction of Filippo Taglioni's "La Sylphide" is
considered the authoritative version, has accepted the Italian Institute's
invitation to participate in the Homage to Marie Taglioni and Discussion
of the State of her Legacy being hosted by the Institute and produced
by the Dance Insider September 30 at the historic Hotel de Galliffet,
in honor of the great ballerina's bicentennial.
The tribute and discussion
are part of the Dance Insider's efforts to revive the memory of
Marie Taglioni, who elevated dance when she rose onto her pointes
for the March 12, 1832 premiere of her father's "La Sylphide," becoming
the first dancer to use pointe artistically. The ballet, first seen
at the Theatre de l'Academie Royale de Musique in Paris, was reprised
this summer by the Paris Opera Ballet at the Garnier Opera House,
in Lacotte's version.
If Taglioni's legacy
has to an extent endured, her memory is threatened, as evidenced
by the deteriorating state of her grave at the Montmartre cemetery, just yards from
the far better kept-up grave of Vaslav Nijinsky. "Every time I see
that grave, I cry," said DI editor and publisher Paul Ben-Itzak.
"Its upkeep, or lack of upkeep, can't help but reflect on the field
of dance, ballet as well as modern. Our overriding mission is to
restore the grave and by so doing affirm that dance values its pioneers
and thus the traditions of artistry they've passed down to us. The
September 30 tribute to Marie Taglioni is both a celebration and
a means to this end, and the presence of Sophia Parcen, San Francisco
Ballet's Muriel Maffre and now Pierre Lacotte add vital luster to
this event and our efforts."
Trained at the Paris
Opera Ballet school and in parallel by Lubov Egorova and Carlotta
Zambelli, Pierre Lacotte joined the Paris Opera Ballet corps in
1946, at the age of 14, becoming a premier danseur in 1951. He founded
his own company, Les Ballets de la Tour Eiffel, in 1955, producing
a season at the Theatre des Champs Elysees. Around the same time,
he danced with Melissa Hayden as a guest artist for the Metropolitan
Opera Ballet, in London with Violette Verdy, and elsewhere. In 1963,
Lacotte became director of the Ballets des Jeunesses Musicales de
France, creating works including "Hamlet" and "La Voix," a collaboration
with Edith Piaf. In 1968, working on a book about the Romantic ballet,
he began to delve into documents related to Filippo Taglioni's 'Sylphide,'
in the process discovering the existence of Marie Taglioni's dispersed
"Pierre Lacotte's lifetime
obsession with and devotion to the Romantic ballet, particularly
his tireless work restoring Taglioni's 'Sylphide,' make him essential
to any discussion of Marie Taglioni and her legacy," Ben-Itzak said.
Lacotte was also one
of a handful of Paris Opera dancers who assisted Rudolf Nureyev's
dramatic 1961 defection to the West at Paris's Le Bourget airport.
In discussing Taglioni's
legacy at the September 30 event, Lacotte will be joined by San
Francisco Ballet principal and French-trained dancer Muriel Maffre,
who will read Theophile Gautier's review of Taglioni's dramatic
1844 return to the Paris Opera stage and 'Sylphide,' Ben-Itzak,
and Robin Hoffman, the Dance Insider's webmistress and art director.
The discussion will be preceded by a demonstration by Parcen and
by a presentation by Hoffman utilizing photographs by leading dance
photographers Ellen Crane, Julie Lemberger, and Marty Sohl.
The Taglioni homage
is part of the city-wide Stranger in the City festival being sponsored
by the Forum des Instituts Culturels Etrangers a Paris. Entrance
to the event, which starts at 8:30 p.m., is free. The Hotel de Gallifet
is located at 73, rue de Grenelle, in Paris's 7th quarter.
The Dance Insider has
found a specialist in monument restoration who is currently preparing
an estimate of the cost of fully restoring Taglioni's grave, following
which the DI will launch a campaign to pay for the restoration.
The DI is also offering
free dance company advertising to sponsors and supports of its Taglioni
Bicentennial Celebrations. For more information, please click here or e-mail DI publisher Paul Ben-Itzak.
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