#TBT: Alessandra Ferri and Laurent Hilaire in Roland Petit's "Carmen"

Choreographer Roland Petit was for years the ballet world's master of theatrical showmanship. Bolstered by rich, beautifully designed costumes and decor, his works oozed sensual style.



Yet even stripped of all that pageantry, his choreography retains an electric charge. Witness this bare-bones video from some years back of Alessandra Ferri and Laurent Hilaire dancing the pas de deux from Petit's Carmen (originally performed by Petit and his wife, Zizi Jeanmaire). Yes, it helped that Ferri and Hilaire were phenomenal dancers—Ferri a star at La Scala and then American Ballet Theatre, Hilaire a Paris Opéra étoile—with great chemistry. But the real heat comes from the choreography itself. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

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These are challenging times. The social distancing measures brought about by COVID-19 has likely meant that your regular ballet training has been interrupted, while your performances, competitions—even auditions—have been cancelled. You may be feeling anxious about what the future holds, not only for you but for the dance industry. And that's perfectly understandable.

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And we know that you will, too. We've been utterly inspired by how the dance community has rallied together, from ballet stars giving online classes to companies streaming their performances to the flood of artist resources popping up. We've loved watching you dance from your kitchens. And we want to help keep this spirit alive. That's why Pointe and all of our Dance Media sister publications are working nonstop to produce and cross-post stories to help you navigate this crisis. We're all in this together.

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