The Summerseason of the Rome Opera House is in the spectacular Terme di
Caracalla (Baths of Caracalla) with seats for 4,500. This summer, the
season includes a Ballet Festival from 27 June until 25 July 2014.
It began with two special performances by the Tokyo Ballet, the legal inheritor of the choreography of Maurice Béjart (1927-2007), one of the twentieth century's most important choreographers. He proposed a special line of extreme elegance by borrowing certain ideas from American ballet and merging them with French and Russian traditions. The Tokyo Ballet has over one
hundred dancers and has performed in 152 towns of thirty countries (for a total of 740 performances whilst
on tour). Although the company has often previously visited Milan, Venice and Florence, these were the first performances in
Rome as a part of tour also encompassing Austria and Germany.
In my view, this is quite a wrong perception because it was composed during one of the
worst periods of the composer's life, when he attempted to conceal his sexual orientation with a marriage which was short and ended tragically. In
the score, the juxtaposition between B-flat/D/F and B/F-sharp/C
expresses not only the confrontation between good and evil but also the composer's inner intimate
torment. In this production with Maurice Bart as choreographer and set
designer [seen 3 July 2014], the setting is brown and grey and the lake is under a
The protagonists were quite good: in the various
performances, Iana Salenko, Alessandra Amato and Ludmilla Pagliero take
the role of Odile/Odette, and Giuseppe Picone and Paulo Arrais that of
the Prince. The large number of dancers in minor
roles and the corps de ballet were effective. The conductor Nik Andriy Kabaretti handled the score
well. The audience enjoyed it.
The third item in the triptych is Roberto Bolle and friends on 25 July 2014.