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ballet Roland Petit's Le Jeune homme et la Mort, music by Bach With Marie-Agnès Gillot and Nicolas Le Riche

With Marie-Agnès Gillot and Nicolas Le Riche

Roland Petit's Le Jeune homme et la Mort, music by Bach With Marie-Agnès Gillot and Nicolas Le Riche

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Nicolas Le Riche and Marie-Agnès Gillot star in the legendary Roland Petit and Jean Cocteau's pioneering one-act ballet Le Jeune homme et la Mort. This 2005 production at the Opéra de Paris stays true to Petit’s original scenic and choreographic conception, from the dark, dingy apartment of the Young Man to the disturbing yellow dress and jet-black coiffe of the villainess. A mesmerizing drama in dance as virtuosic as it is unsettling!

The ballet's libretto by the great Jean Cocteau tells the story of a young man whose faithless lover drives him to commit suicide. Set to Respighi’s orchestral arrangement of J.S. Bach’s monumental Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor for organ (BWV 582), the ballet functions as a dialogue between the two dancers and the music, which interface more or less indirectly until they unite for the heartrending climax.

Photo: © David Jensen

Associated event

Cast

  • Roland Petit | Choreographer
  • Jean Cocteau | Argument
  • Georges Wakhévitch | Set designer
  • Orchestre Colonne
  • Paul Connelly | Conductor

Program

  • Roland Petit / Johann Sebastian Bach / Ottorino Respighi, Le Jeune homme et la Mort

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Denis Caïozzi
  • Venue: Palais Garnier (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 2005
  • Duration: 19 min
  • Production: © Opéra national de Paris, Telmondis
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