The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. Christine Daaé travels with her father, a famous fiddler, throughout Europe, and plays folk and religious music. When Christine was six years old, her mother died and her father was taken to rural France by a patron, Professor Valerius. While Christine was a child, her father told her many stories about the "Angel of Music", who is the personification of musical inspiration. Christine meets and befriends the young Raoul, Viscount of Chagny. One of Christine and Raoul's favourite stories is one of Little Lotte, a girl who is visited by the Angel of Music and possesses a heavenly voice. Christine now lives with "Mamma" Valerius, the elderly widow of her father's benefactor. She eventually is given a position in the chorus at the Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier). She begins hearing a beautiful, unearthly voice which sings to her and speaks to her. She believes this must be the Angel of Music and asks him if he is. The Voice agrees and offers to teach her "a little bit of heaven's music". The Voice, however, belongs to Erik, a physically deformed and mentally disturbed musical genius who was one of the architects who took part in the construction of the opera house. He is in love with Christine.
Marian Smith recaptures a rich period in French musical theater when ballet and opera were intimately connected. Focusing on the age of Giselle at the Paris Opéra (from the 1830s through the 1840s), Smith offers an unprecedented look at the structural and thematic relationship between the two genres. She argues that a deeper understanding of both ballet and opera--and of nineteenth-century theater-going culture in general--may be gained by examining them within the same framework instead of following the usual practice of telling their histories separately. This handsomely illustrated book ultimately provides a new portrait of the Opéra during a period long celebrated for its box-office successes in both genres. Smith begins by showing how gestures were encoded in the musical language that composers used in ballet and in opera. She moves on to a wide range of topics, including the relationship between the gestures of the singers and the movements of the dancers, and the distinction between dance that represents dancing (entertainment staged within the story of the opera) and dance that represents action. Smith maintains that ballet-pantomime and opera continued to rely on each other well into the nineteenth century, even as they thrived independently. The "divorce" between the two arts occurred little by little, and may be traced through unlikely sources: controversies in the press about the changing nature of ballet-pantomime music, shifting ideas about originality, complaints about the ridiculousness of pantomime, and a little-known rehearsal score for Giselle.
Dada in Paris
Author: Michel Sanouillet, Anne Sanouillet, Sharmila Ganguly
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
The long-awaited publication in English of the definitive book on Paris Dada.
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: Alexandre Dumas
The Lady of the Camellias (French: La Dame aux camélias) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, first published in 1848, and subsequently adapted for the stage. The Lady of the Camellias premiered at the Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris, France on February 2, 1852. The play was an instant success, and Giuseppe Verdi immediately set about putting the story to music. His work became the 1853 opera La Traviata, with the female protagonist, Marguerite Gautier, renamed Violetta Valéry. In the English-speaking world, The Lady of the Camellias became known as Camille and 16 versions have been performed at Broadway theatres alone. The title character is Marguerite Gautier, who is based on Marie Duplessis, the real-life lover of author Dumas, fils.
Les variations d'Ulysse
Author: Jean-Claude Gallotta
Publisher: Editions Lansman
Que savons-nous du métier de chorégraphe ? Le plus souvent rien ne subsiste du processus d'élaboration qui conduit à l'œuvre achevée. Il nous est apparu nécessaire, urgent, de faire vivre la réflexion, le désir du créateur. Cette collection, Mémoire Vivante, n'a pas d'autre mission que de faire exister les notes, les croquis, les problèmes rencontrés en cours de route, les solutions trouvées. Elle se veut aussi un témoignage unique de cette relation charnelle, amoureuse, intellectuelle qui unit le chorégraphe à ses interprètes. Chaque année, trois chorégraphes confirmés, accompagnés d'un plus jeune, ou d'un artiste plus secret, donc moins connu, acceptent de livrer leur travail, d'être observés pendant les répétitions, photographiés, voire de tenir leur journal de bord. Il ne s'agit surtout pas de faire œuvre littéraire, mais de produire des " textes de chantier ". Que la SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques), et l'Association Beaumarchais, soient ici remerciées de leur participation et de leur soutien. Dominique Frétard What do we know of the choreographer's craft ? More often than not, nothing is left of the process of elaboration, which yields the finished work, We felt the need, urgently so, to bring to life the creative artist's thinking and desires. This collection, " Living Memory ", has but one goal, to give substance to the notes and sketches, the problems encountered and solutions discovered along the way. This collection also seeks to be a unique testimony to the bodily, loving and intellectual relationship, which binds the choreographer to his or her dancers. Three confirmed choreographers, along with a younger or more secret artist, hence less well known, have accepted to deliver up their work each year to be observed during rehearsals, to be photographed, even to keep a journal. Above all, this is not to be an exercise in literature, but a production of " working texts. " With thanks to the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) and to the Beaumarchais Association for their participation and support. Dominique Fretard
The Male Dancer
Author: Ramsay Burt
In this challenging and lively book, Burt examines the representation of masculinity in twentieth century dance. The Male Dancer has proven to be essential reading for anyone interested in dance and the cultural construction of gender.
C’est en 1950 que Boris Vian conçut le projet du Traité de civisme, qu’il ne cessa de modifier et d’enrichir jusqu’à sa mort, faisant dire à son biographe que ce texte peut être considéré comme son « testament intellectuel » (Noël Arnaud, Les Vies parallèles de Boris Vian). Sous des formes hétéroclites (aphorismes, notes, chroniques, etc.), l’auteur traite des grands thèmes sociaux et politiques de son siècle et propose des solutions pour un avenir meilleur. Le progrès technique, l’aliénation du travail, l’accroissement des inégalités, la guerre et les totalitarismes... Cette œuvre, qui n’a rien perdu de son actualité, permet de découvrir sous un jour nouveau l’un des plus grands artistes du XXe siècle.
Plaisirs de l'Opéra
Author: Maison Jean Vilar, Bibliothèque nationale (France). Département des arts du spectacle, Association Jean Vilar