Not sure what to feel about this. On the one hand, wonderful dancing that exposes the ultimately martial purpose of the ballets central to the French Court from Louis XIV on, and choreography that makes Rameau’s music feel fresh. On the other, his is music described as the air for the savages and the opera’s decidedly uncomfortable racial imagery – unsurprising for the 1730s – is replicated here in modern-day France’s uneasiness with its colonial history.
Stunning. The only thing stopping me running away to Paris now is the wonder of whether the video will outperform the final show.
These Ethiopian nativity scenes make me want to dance.
I love the way that the facial expressions, even of the beasts, show that mix of excitement and shock that any new parent feels