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Dance Month

Thursdays and Sundays in January


The finest dance performances will enthrall you for the month of January on Stingray Brava with ballet and dance on special feature! Every Thursday and Sunday, Stingray Brava delivers new, wonderful dance performances to your screen. Enjoy the best in international ballet by the Malandain Ballet Biarritz and Ballets de Monte-Carlo or timeless classic choreographies of Giselle and Delibes’s Coppélia! Whatever your preference, Stingray Brava’s Dance Month has something for everyone! 

Thursday, January 3 at 21:00 | Giselle

Choreographed by Charles Jude, the ballet Giselle by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, with music by Adolphe Adam, tells the story of a lovely peasant girl by the same name. Giselle was first presented at Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Salle Le Peletier in Paris on June 28, 1841. The story is set in the Rhineland of the Middle Ages during the grape harvest. Giselle falls in love with Albrecht, the Duke of Silesia. Hilarion, a gamekeeper, is also in love with Giselle and warns the girl against trusting a stranger, but she refuses to listen. Albrecht and Giselle dance a love duet, with Giselle picking the petals from a daisy to divine her lover's sincerity. When Giselle discovers Albrecht is going to marry Bathilde, she dies of a broken heart. Performed at the Opéra national de Bordeaux in 2011, this ballet features dancers Oxana Kucheruk (Giselle) and Igor Yebra (Albrecht).

Sunday, January 6 at 21:00 | Le Rendez-Vous

After enriching the Paris Opera Ballets’ repertoire with thirteen creations and nine other works, Roland Petit returns to the Palais Garnier to once again share his art with the coming generation. The choreographer offers us the best of mid-twentieth century artistic Paris; a mythical trilogy in which he excels in the art of storytelling, portraying compelling characters and incomparable poetic worlds through contemporary language. Le Rendez-vous, first performed in 1945 and based on a poem by Jacques Prévert, depicts post-war Bohemian Paris. Like Les Forains, Le Rendez-vous, was an opportunity for Roland Petit to bring together the most inventive talent of the day, pursuing the ideals of the Ballets Russes. In addition to Pablo Picasso, former companions in the Diaghilev adventures, the choreographer welcomed friends of Jacques Prévert, the photographer Brassaï, as well as the composer Joseph Kosma and the costume designer Mayo, who had both worked with the poet in the same cinema studios. Amazingly performed by star dancers Nicolas Le Riche and Isabelle Ciaravola and the Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris.


Sunday, January 6 at 21:35 | Les enfants de Scaramouche

Loosely based on the ballet Scaramouche and created by José Martinez in 2005 for the young pupils at the Opera de Paris School of Dance, The children of Scaramouche draws us into a dream, that of a pupil who imagines becoming a danseur étoile (star dancer). This choreographic fiction, shot in real-life settings ranging from the Nanterre School of dance to the magical Palais Garnier, explores the streets of the capital. With the school’s pupils as the main protagonists, the story – in the manner of a coming of age tale – plunges us into the dreams and fears of childhood. With music by Darius Milhaud and recorded at the Opera de Paris in France.

Thursday, January 10 at 21:00 | Romeo and Juliet

The original version of the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev is based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Music from the ballet was extracted by Prokofiev as three suites for orchestra and as a piano work. In this film Romeo and Juliet, also inspired by Shakespeare, tensions run high in the choir, and the visual imagery is fluid and strong, just like the music. Thierry Malandain’s choreography features arabesques, pirouettes, and jumps constantly broken and redistributed in an urgent motion. The music of this performance is composed by Hector Berlioz. Performers are part of the Malandain Ballet Biarritz and the performance took place at the Victoria Eugenia Theater in Spain.

Sunday, January 13 at 21:00 | Carmen

Carmen no longer loves Don José, but he refuses to leave her, and stabs her to death… Roland Petit, a master of narrative ballet and a skilled creative, offers the best of post-war artistic Paris. This decidedly contemporary work gives the dancers every opportunity to shine. Part of three legendary creations by Roland Petit, Carmen was performed at the Opéra national de Paris in 2005. The parts of Carmen and Don José are performed by Clairemarie Osta and Nicolas Le Riche of the Paris Opera.

Sunday, January 13 at 21:45 | Fokine - Daphnis et Chloé 

Maurice Ravel's choreographic symphony Daphnis et Chloé has been described by Ravel as his most important score. It is considered by scholars as the composer's summum bonum of orchestral art and bring together the Ballets de Monte-Carlo under the direction of choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot who on this occasion meets up once again with Ernest Pignon-Ernest and Jérôme Kaplan. This tender love story features two children, beautiful and pure characters, which nothing will ever separate. The pastoral novel was written by Longus in the 3rd century.

Thursday, January 17 at 21:00 | Prokofiev – Cinderella

The Malandain Ballet Biarritz performs the ballet Cinderella ('Cendrillon') Op. 87, composed by Sergei Prokofiev to a scenario by Nikolai Volkov and in a choreography by Thierry Malandain. The Orchestre Symphonie d' Euskadi is led by Caballé-Domenech. Cinderella is one of Prokofief's most popular and melodious compositions. It was composed during World War II, but Prokofiev broke off the writing to compose his opera War and Peace. The premiere of Cinderella was conducted by Yuri Fayer on November 21, 1945, at the Bolshoi Theatre. The work is notable for its jubilant music, lush scenery, and for the comic double-roles. Recorded at l'Opéra Royal du Chateau de Versailles in October 2013 and directed by Sonia Paramo.

Sunday, January 20 at 21:00 | L'Arlesienne

L'Arlésienne was presented by the Paris Opera Ballet with The Young Man and the Death and Carmen, three legendary works by Roland Petit. In L'Arlésienne, on his very wedding day, the handsome Frédéri, ever enamoured of the faithless Arlésienne, is snatched away by Death. The music is composed by Georges Bizet (1838-1875) and the story based on the novel by Alphonse Daudet with the same name. The orchestra and ballet of the National Opera of Paris is led by Emmanuel Villaume. Soloists are Isabelle Guérin and Manuel Legris.

Sunday, January 20 at 21:30 | Sheherazade

More than just a tribute to the Ballets Russes, this version of Sheherazade by Jean-Christophe Maillot, resonates as the reunion between choreography and the fictive or real beings which have nourished his artistic universe over his thirty year career. Amongst the characters inhabiting his memory, the beautiful Sheherazade will have often danced before the choreographer's eyes, but the real tête-à-tête with the princess from the Thousand and One Nights has been postponed for a long time. This performance is recorded at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in 2010. Solists of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo are Bernice Coppieters, Gaëtan Morlotti, Leart Duraku, Olivier Lucea, Alexis Oliveira, Georges Oliveira.

Thursday, January 23 at 21:00 | Delibes – Coppélia

A classic French ballet, Coppélia was choreographed in 1870 at the Opera de Paris, drawing inspiration from the evolution of society and the choreographer’s imagination. Featuring 40 dancers, the action takes place in the America of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Jérôme Robbins and echoes the style and spirit of Broadway musicals and Hollywood fantasies. This modern and fast-paced version was performed by Ballet de l'Opéra national de Bordeaux at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 2010.

Sunday, January 27 at 21:00 | Tricentenary of the French Dance School

Created under the reign of Louis XIV (the Sun King and the dancing King) the École de danse de l'Opéra national de Paris celebrates its 300th birthday. For three centuries, the ballet school has carried out the mission of passing its traditions to artists of the future. The celebration held in 2013 at the Opéra national de Paris showcases the school’s work and evolution, and features pupils, conductor Marius Stieghorst, and the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire.

Sunday, January 27 at 19:10 | Summer Night Dreams

Based on Shakespeare's play, this ballet version adds some imaginative new twists to a popular tale. Heinz Spoerli and the Ballet der Oper am Rhein dance to music in a variety of styles - including Philip Glass's Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by Gidon Kremer and the Wiener Philharmoniker. Directed by Bob Rooyens in 1994.