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Scapino Ballet of Rotterdam. A revival of Ophelia
by English choreographer Douglas Lee completes
the mixed bill. The ballet, whose theme is the
madness of the famous Shakespearean character
from Hamlet, was created for this French com-
pany in 2015.

Pleasures of Lorraine
Two creations are to wrap up the Ballet de Lor-
raine’s season at the Nancy Opera House
(France) in June/July. The programme is entitled
“The Pleasures of the Unknown” and aims to be
a sort of full immersion “into the mystery of the
act of creation”. As is his wont, Rachid Ouramdane
will be exploring the concept of the group, while
the company’s director Petter Jacobsson is col-
laborating with Thomas Caley (a former Merce
Cunningham dancer) on a joint work.

Matteo Levaggi in Palermo
In mid-April the Ballet Company of the Teatro
Massimo, Palermo (Italy) performed a creation
by Matteo Levaggi, Water Game, together with
two well-known works by, respectively, Jirí
Kylián (Sechs Tänze, to music by Mozart, which
shows the more carefree dimension of the Czech
choreographer’s oeuvre) and Johan Inger (Walk-
Hannah Bateman, Giuliano Contadini – Northern Ballet: “Casanova”, c. Kenneth Tindal ing Mad, emblematic of the poetic surrealism that
(ph. G. Farrow) fuels choreographic creativity in northern Europe).
40-year-old Levaggi will be back in Palermo to-
wards the end of the year to create his own ver-
of the ballet company, Benjamin Millepied), An English Casanova sion of The Sleeping Beauty for the company. In
there will be a series of creations for the Northern Ballet (based in Leeds) is the chief the past Levaggi had made an “abstract” work
Académie de l’Opéra de Paris, the purpose company in northern England. Its “hallmark” are using excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s score and taking
being to encourage young choreographic tal- story-ballets inspired either by famous classics his cue from some motifs in the original choreog-
ent. The new works are by four soloists of the or popular historical/imaginary characters – from raphy (Le Vergini); now instead he states that he
company: Sébastien Bertaud, Nicolas Paul, Cleopatra to Dracula, from Hamlet to the Little wants to work on the whole ballet, based on the
Simon Valastro and Bruno Bouché (who takes Mermaid, from The Three Musketeers to Beauty original libretto albeit with a few changes.
over at the helm of Ballet du Rhin as from next and the Beast. Northern Ballet has been led by
September). David Nixon, author of some of these ballets, since
2001. The latest creation for the company, pre-
miered last March, is however by Kenneth Tindal
Ballet du Rhin: “Ophélia”, c. Douglas Lee and based on the Memoirs of Casanova, the Ital-
(ph. J.L. Tanghe) ian 18th-century libertine and adventurer who has
also inspired other contemporary choreographers
(from Angelin Preljocaj to Krzysztof Pastor). Fol-
lowing its début, the show will be toured around
England, culminating in performances at the
Sadler’s Wells in London.

Ophelia on Rhine
The season of Ballet du Rhin (France) wraps
up in June with a programme entitled “Constella-
tions” (début on 31 May). It comprises two crea-
tions by, respectively, Sébastien Perrault (who
has been active as a choreographer since 2002 and
founded his own company two years later) and
Dutch choreographer Ed Wubbe, director of the

Michele Morelli, Andrea Mocciardini –
Ballet of Teatro Massimo in Palermo:
“Water Game”, c. Matteo Levaggi
(ph. R. Garbo)