Photographer's Note

Once upon a time... on a small Parisian municipal sports ground, in the heart of the 11th arrondissement, a ballerina who got out on her own of a large caster bag. To the music of wind instruments and a musical saw, she fell madly in love with a dancer in a red ans gold leotard who - by some incredible stroke of luck! - was passing by. But he was flighty and frivolous. So, even if he briefly succumbed to the charm of his wooer (after flirting with a female musician with blond hair, a soprano saxophone and keen to wear red ballet shoes when she felt like it), it threw himself to the head of a handsome male spectator, with short-hair and glasses, so they could elope together, live happily ever after and raise many children! Shame and disdain: has all moral sense vanished in this dreadful era of modernity?
Already prone to lose consciousness, our heroin seemed to become petrified on the spot, before being carried away and turned into a most decorative statue, complete with an official inauguration speech, a bunch of plastic flowers and cool water spurts to sprinkle the violet carpet violet, unrolled for this special occasion (and the audience too, if necessary!).

Here is a quick - and personal - summary of the plot of the last production - for brass band and two dancers - by les Grooms, performers keen on playing in the streets. After Mozart and Wagner, they explore the repertoire of the "Ballets russes", with Tchaikovski, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Equilibrium with pointe shoes, impulsive collaborations and dadaist dynamiting are mandatory. Musical arrangements are limpid, deliriums are fascinating, even if the show still needs some tuning.
Serge Diaghilev can rest in peace: cubists experiments cubists fade into daily life, built of traffic sounds, remarks by children, snapshots taken on the fly with mobile phones and urban decor poetry, to let the choreography for two pigeons and four tits flow freely. The spectacle is funny and witty. Goody-goody!

And what about Rinie, after all? I do not know. ;-)

PS Any resemblance to existing people, or having existed, would be completely unwarranted. Besides, the tutu photographed here is yellow and orange... *o)

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