Friday, December 30, 2016

Germain Louvet : at the Opera of Paris, a new star – The Obs

A long slender body, impeccable style, elegance, and perfect, not a precision without fault, variations extremely bright, but without that virtuosity does not display ostentatiously : assuming the role of prince Siegfried in “Swan Lake”, with the beautiful partner, the ballerina Ludmilla Pagliero, the dancer Germain Louvet, could it be doubt that it would be named star of the Ballet of the Paris Opera house the night of the performance on December 28, on the stage of the Opera of the Bastille ?

Appointment early, but earned

Already noticed by Benjamin Millepied, who was chosen for one of his creations, Germain Louvet, had recently been promoted to first dancer of the Ballet of the Opera of Paris, a title which was to enter into force on 1 January 2017. But now her performances in “Swan Lake” off his young career, and sprayed the last steps of the “cursus honorum”. 23 years old, this appointment star desired by Aurélie Dupond is actually early, but she seems undeniably deserved in view of his talent.

a Pure product of the French school

Born in burgundy in 1993, at Givry, near Chalon-sur-Saône (which makes him – the poor ! – a Givrotin), Germain Louvet took his first steps of student-dancer, in a private institution, and then in the conservatory of the region, before moving on to the ballet School of the Opera in 2005. In this respect, it is a pure product of the French school, sober and elegant, but also a bit pale on the stage, not expressive enough, too erased again on the plane dramatic. But at his age, this may not be a weakness. If it is as sensitive as it seems, the maturity will give the theatre a presence and a radiance that will magnify his brilliant technique.

Close to 100,000 spectators

The triumph of Germain Louvet, one cannot fail to associate the dancer Ludmila Pagliero and the dancer Karl Paquette, its major partners in “Swan Lake”. And we could also, if only for one night, confer the title of star in the corps de ballet women. During this same evening of 28 December, precisely, dancers and soloists and the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera house proved to be incomparable poetry and beauty during the Fourth act of the work of Tchaikovsky and Petipa. On stage throughout the month of December for more than 40 representations, with two different programs in the two theatres of the Opéra de Paris, place de l’opéra and place de la Bastille, the paris Opera Ballet has seen rush in any 97.300 spectators.

Raphael de Gubernatis


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