French bal­let star wins plau­dits with con­tem­po­rary stag­ings in Moscow

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French dancer star Laurent Hi­laire, who this year joined Moscow's renowned Stanislavsky bal­let troupe as artis­tic di­rec­tor, on Satur­day wowed au­di­ences with a pro­gram in­tro­duc­ing top con­tem­po­rary chore­og­ra­phers. Hi­laire, a for­mer prin­ci­pal dancer of the Paris Opera Bal­let, be­came artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Stanislavsky Mu­sic The­atre six months ago in a rare choice of a for­eigner to head a Rus­sian bal­let troupe. The au­di­ence re­sponded with rap­tur­ous ap­plause to his first pro­gram that pre­miered Satur­day and saw works by two in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned chore­og­ra­phers per­formed by the troupe for the first time.

The first Frenchman to head a Rus­sian troupe for 150 years, Hi­laire has vowed to "open up" the reper­toire of the his­toric Stanislavsky the­atre, which fo­cuses on clas­sics. On Satur­day, Hi­laire staged "Suite en Blanc" by the late French chore­og­ra­pher Serge Li­far as well as ground­break­ing US chore­og­ra­pher Wil­liam Forsythe's "The Sec­ond De­tail" and Czech Jiri Kylian's "Pe­tite mort." "This is a chal­lenge for the troupe. They had never done Li­far, they had never done Forsythe," Hi­laire told AFP, adding that the warm re­cep­tion came as a pleas­ant sur­prise. "Peo­ple had told me the bal­let au­di­ence in Rus­sia was rather conservative." he said. Hi­laire also re­vealed he plans to stage in the next sea­son "Don Quixote" as it was chore­ographed by dance leg­end Ru­dolf Nureyev, the star who de­fected to the West from the Soviet Union in 1961 and died from an AIDS-re­lated ill­ness in 1993 aged 54. "This will be the first time there's been a Ru­dolf bal­let here," he said.

After heavy rain ear­lier in the day, a child splashes through the wa­ter among some of the thou­sands of pin­wheels in the Rose Gar­den area of Prospect Park, July 7, 2017 in the Brook­lyn bor­ough of New York City. The art in­stal­la­tion, ti­tled “The Con­nec­tive Project,” is on dis­play through July 17 as part of Prospect Park’s 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion. — AFP

Photo shows French dancer star Laurent Hi­lair. — AFP

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