News: Roland Petit dies

Monday 11 July 2011

Roland Petit

French choreographer Roland Petit has died in Paris aged 87, just days before English National Ballet perform a programme of his work at the London Coliseum (21 – 24 July)

_“When Roland Petit’s Les Ballets des Champs Elysées opened its first London season in 1946, the company brought to the British dance scene an explosion of chic and excitement which had long been missing.” _
__Read Judith Cruikshank’s obituary in the Guardian, 11 July 2011

His career started with Paris Opera Ballet and later he founded two companies – Les Ballets des Champs-Elysées and Les Ballets de Paris. In his career he went on to span working on American musicals on film and even with Pink Floyd in 1972.

“In everything, Petit showed faultless command of the arts of the theatre, and a prodigious craftsmanship. His career, like that of his wife, demonstrated a wonderful generosity of spirit in making dance, and that precious quality of chic. I was honoured by Petit’s and his wife’s friendship, and today I know the world is a darker place.”
Read more of Clement Crisp’s obituary in the Financial Times, 11 July 2011

Sanjoy Roy presents Roland Petit’s career in video clips
in the Guardian, 11 July 2011**

English National Ballet perform Roland Petit’s Carmen, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and L’Arlésienne at the London Coliseum, 21-24 July 2011.
Watch the ENB trailer:

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