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Sylvie Guillem on resurrecting Marguerite & Armand | reviews, news & interviews

Sylvie Guillem on resurrecting Marguerite & Armand

Sylvie Guillem on resurrecting Marguerite & Armand

Is Ashton's tragic ballet for Fonteyn and Nureyev untouchable? Sylvie Guillem thought not


Dear Ismene, Thank you for this article which, gives credit where it is due. Great performers can make all the difference in ballet and not just ballet but also opera, theatre even films. They leave their mark, their touch, to each part and Sylvie did just that when she unforgettably portrayed Marguerite. It is useless to compare great performers since each one infuses the part with his or her peronnality so one can keep in memory images of both Fonteyn and Guillen in the part (I have not seen Rojo in this). It is a shame that the big ballet companies in Europe have not invited Sylvie for years now to do Marguerite (it was also reprised at la Scala about a year ago as well unfortunately without her. On the other hand Sylvie played recently Marguerite with Massimo Murru in China and in 2011 she also reprised "A month in the country" in Japan), as well as some other of her signature parts like "A month in the country". What an unforgettable experience it was when we saw her in "Manon" at La Scala in 2011.. Incomparable and magical..

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