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Hugo Marchand, an étoile
shines in Japan Liam Scarlett choreographs
Hugo Marchand (24) was nominated danseur-
étoile of the Paris Opéra Ballet last March During the month of May, Liam Scarlett will
during the troupe’s tour of Japan and, specifi- be premiering a creation at Covent Garden,
cally, after a performance of Pierre Lacotte’s London. British critics began to focus on
La Sylphide (in which he was dancing the role Scarlett as a choreographer in 2010 when he
of James) at the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. presented the successful Asphodel Meadow,
Marchand trained the Ballet School of the Opéra his first work for the main stage at Covent
and entered the company when he was 18 years Garden after having previously drawn at-
old; he was promoted to premier danseur last tention to himself thanks to a number of
year. This is the third promotion to étoile since minor creations. Since 2012 Scarlett has been
Aurélie Dupont took over from Benjamin Covent Garden’s youngest resident chore-
Millepied at the helm of the Opéra last year, ographer ever but has in the meantime also
and comes after those of Germain Louvet (23) created for other companies, in Europe and
and Léonore Baulac (26), both of whom rose the USA (Miami City Ballet, New York City
to the top of the hierarchy at the end of 2016. Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and San
Francisco Ballet). Now 31 years old, he can
Jérémie Bélingard: “L’Arlésienne”, already boast an international career although
c. Roland Petit (ph. Icare) his last work for The Royal Ballet, a full-
evening ballet based on Mary Shelley’s
Hugo Marchand: “La Sylphide”, Frankenstein, got an extremely cool recep-
c. Pierre Lacotte (ph. K. Hasegawa) tion. It has since, however, been recently
acquired by San Francisco Ballet. Scarlett’s
new creation in London will be of a com-
Jérémie Bélingard, pletely different genre: a short, “abstract”
ballet to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s orchestral
farewell to the Opéra suite Symphonic Dances. The creation will
be part of a mixed bill with William
On 13 May Jérémie Bélingard will bid fare-
Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exacti-
well to the stage at the Paris Opéra. On
tude, Balanchine’s Tarantella pas de deux,
that occasion, as part of a performance
and Strapless, a recent ballet by Christopher
of the Cunningham-Forsythe programme
at Palais Garnier, he will improvise a solo
(to music by Keiichiro Shibuya) within
a digital creation by the “Adrien M &
Claire B” company. Bélingard was admit-
Polina Semionova, here with Wieslaw
ted to the Ballet School of the Opéra
Dudek in John Cranko’s “Onegin”, is back
thirty years ago and, after joining the com-
in Berlin at the Staatsballett in the role of
pany, climbed the hierarchical ladder all
Tatiana (ph. E. Nawrath)
the way to his nomination as danseur-
étoile in 2007.

true”, the flamenco star will be surrounded by will be at the Metropolitan, New York in
10 female dancers, musicians and singers. Onegin with American Ballet Theatre, before
returning to Italy for the usual summer Bolle
and Friends” galas.
Bolle in London
Roberto Bolle is awaited at Covent Garden,
London on 2 June for a performance, along- Polina Semionova returns to
side Zenaida Yanowsky, of Frederick Ashton’s Berlin
Marguerite and Armand as part of a triple bill Russian ballerina Polina Semionova is much
dedicated to the English choreographer and loved in Berlin (where she was a principal for
relayed live in cinemas around the world (see a long time, continuing to dance free-lance here
Multimedia section). Bolle thus returns to the afterwards). The Russian ballerina has been
company that marked the beginning of his in- absent on maternity but the Ballet of the
ternational career when he danced The Nut- Berlin Opera (Staatsballett Berlin) has now
cracker alongside Darcey Bussell at Covent announced her return as guest star in a number
Garden in 1999. Before that, however, the Ital- of performances: after dusting off her role of
ian dancer is expected at “his” theatre, La Scala, Tatiana in Onegin by John Cranko (end of
for the dazzling Symphony in C by George April), Semionova will be back on stage this
Balanchine (April/May) and in a programme summer in White Darkness and as Aurora in
entitled Progetto Händel by Mauro Staatsballett director Nacho Duato’s version
Bigonzetti. Later on, at the end of June, Bolle of The Sleeping Beauty.