by Francois Gremaud
At the Bastille theater in Paris (1)
While a Giselle has just ended at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, led by the National Ballet of Ukraine, in all the expected splendor of a romantic work performed by a swarm of dancers, another Giselle… – with three ellipsis – rushes onto the large empty stage of the Théâtre de la Bastille. With no other decoration than a sober wooden chair. At the back of the stage, four musicians quietly seated behind their desks.
And yet, it is indeed a show in its own right which we are witnessing thanks to the performance of the dancer Samantha van Wissen and the talent of François Gremaud. The Swiss director signs here the second part of a triptych that he devotes to female figures desperately in love… while waiting for Carmen. He captivated us with Phèdre!, inspired by Racine’s tragedy, he seduces us with the story of this ethereal young heroine doomed to a tragic destiny. The process is identical: an educational conference handled with humour, which recounts the genesis and dissects the process of creating a work.
Here, Giselle…, premiered in 1841 to a libretto by Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and a score by Adolphe Adam. With the sparkling Samantha van Wissen, renowned interpreter of the Flemish choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker as mistress of ceremonies. In black pants and sweater, wearing white sneakers, she recreates with jubilant energy the story of this naive young peasant girl who will die of love.
(1) Until January 24. Info. : 01.43.57.42.14 and theatre-bastille.com
Tour: January 26 in Alençon, January 28 and 29 in Antony, February 1 and 2 in Caen, February 7 in Marseille, February 10 in Nîmes, February 24 in Luxembourg, February 28 in Forbach, February 4 March in Romont (Switzerland), March 5 in Bienne (Switzerland), March 30 in Dijon, June 8 to 11 in Lausanne (Switzerland).