Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

French police question 8-year-old boy for "justifying terrorism"

Read more

FOCUS

35 Basque independence activists face trial in Spain

Read more

ENCORE!

Angoulême comics festival: The power of the pencil

Read more

WEB NEWS

Mexican government declares missing students dead

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

'Snowmageddon' is snow problem for New York

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Libya violence: At least 4 foreigners among those killed in hotel attack

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Mali: 12 people die in suicide attack against MNLA

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Who will follow in Charlie Hebdo's footsteps?'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Searching for a 'blizzard buddy'

Read more

France

Dance choreographer Roland Petit dies at 87

Video by Nicolas Germain

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-07-10

French choreographer and dancer Roland Petit died Sunday in Geneva at age 87. French cultural minister Frédéric Mitterand called Petit "one of the major choreographers of the 20th century."

AFP - French choreographer and dancer Roland Petit, who helped set up Les Ballets des Champs-Elysees and formed several more dance companies, died Sunday in Geneva at the age of 87, the Paris Opera Ballet said.

Petit created around a hundred dramatic ballets, which often combined fantasy with contemporary realism, including "The Strolling Players" and "Carmen," and did the choreography for several French and US films.

French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said that Petit was "one of the major choreographers of the 20th century".

"With his muse Renee Jeanmaire, or Zizi, with whom he formed a mythic couple, he wrote some of the most beautiful pages of contemporary music hall," the minister said.

Petit last year returned to the Paris Opera Ballet with three of his favourite ballets, "The Young Man and Death," "Le Rendezvous" and "The Wolf".

"Each time he came it was like the return of the prodigal son," said Brigitte Lefevre, artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet where Petit trained as a dancer.

Petit served as Paris Opera artistic director for a few months in the 1970s but he gave up the job to buy the Casino de Paris concert hall in which he staged revues that starred his wife Zizi Jeanmaire.

From 1972 to 1998 he was director of the Ballet de Marseille.

Petit had lived in Geneva for the last 10 years. He has one daughter, Valentine.

 

Date created : 2011-07-10

  • BRAZIL

    Controversy over child performances mars Rio carnival

    Read more

  • RIO CARNIVAL

    Controversy in Brazil over seven-year-old samba queen

    Read more

COMMENT(S)