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Watching all those rehearsals... fascinating,
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This review is from: La Danse - Le Ballet De L'opera De Paris [DVD] (DVD)An extraordinary fly-on-the-wall view of what goes on at the Paris Opera Ballet. But having at last managed to commandeer the family telly to watch this, I was a bit irritated with the amount of `padding' in this long documentary: numerous shots of sun going up/down over the rooftops of Paris, a man picking up rubbish between the theatre seats, a man hoovering between the theatre seats, a sewer underneath the theatre, something swimming in the sewer underneath the theatre...
Also, the lack of any narration meant you had to wait for the credits at the end before you could put a name to some of the ballets & dancers; some additional subtitles on this might not have gone amiss.
But how wonderful to see the superb Laurent Hilaire (just see him performing Petit's Carmen with Alessandra Ferri on YouTube), now in his role as inspiring ballet master. And watching all those rehearsals and listening to the thought processes behind the movements... it was fasinating. Hence the five stars despite the sewers.