To demonstrate the fruitful friendship between India and France, the two countries have come together and started an initiative called Bonjour India where French artists and cultural collaborators have come together to showcase their productions in India. One such production in collaboration with the National Center for the Performing Arts
(NCPA) is the Paris Ballet Legends which will take centre stage this weekend at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre in Mumbai.
The ballet is a tribute to the city of Paris, also known as the City of Lights, where ballet first originated four centuries ago under the rule of King Louis XIV. The production brings together an international cast of principal dancers, including famous stars of the Paris Ballet Opera.
The Paris Ballet Legends is a curated set of classical and contemporary ballet styles that will be showcased to audiences. Each piece of the ballet carries the soul of legends – be it the composer, the choreographer, the dancer or the theme.
The performances which include tributes to everyone from Petit to Carné, Petipa to Piaf, and Bizet to Prévert are sure to move audiences and take them on a wonderful journey. Each performance piece has an intimate link to the City of Lights.
The ballet includes artists Sebastien Bertaud and Roxane Stojanov among others. Sebastien started dancing at the age of six and joined the Paris Ballet Opera in September 2000. He has danced in all the great classic productions of Rudolf Nureyev (Swan Lake, Nut Cracker, Sleeping Beauty), as well as the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky and Benjamin Millepied.
Roxane on the other hand began dancing in a small school in Macedonia and entered the Paris Ballet Opera in 2007. She attended all of her schooling there until 2013 and was given the role of soloists that included – Drawing for Six by John Taras, Symphony in Three Movements by Nils Christe, The Bal des Cadets by David Lichine and many others. Watch them along with other international artists at the NCPA this weekend.