Exhibition – Picasso and Dance – Working for the ballet

In 1962, Serge Lifar was invited by the Paris Opera to recreate his ballet Icare. The plot he composed was inspired by Greek mythology – with the wings made by his father Daedalus, Icarus launches himself into the air, but intoxicated by the act of flying, he goes too close to the sun, the wax of his wings melts and he falls into the sea. Created in 1935, the ballet was a manifesto where the dancing was choreographed separately from the music. In addition to the choreography, Lifar was in charge of the “rhythms” that accompany it, orchestrated by Arthur Honegger.
For this reproduction, the former dancer designed new costumes himself and suggested to his friend Picasso, whom he had met through the Ballets Russes in the 1920s, that he create the set and stage curtain. Picasso had not worked on any more ballets since 1924, with the exception of a curtain for Roland Petit’s Le Rendez-vous (1945), based on an existing design. The artist nevertheless agreed to design this new piece – he provided Lifar with a sketch reminiscent of another “fall of Icarus”, that of the fresco he painted in 1958 for the UNESCO headquarters.

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Picasso and dance
From June 19 to September 16, 2018
Paris Opera Library-museum, Palais Garnier

Examens internationaux de danse classique

Dance Project Charles Jude avec le patronage de la Fondation Serge Lifar présente

LES EXAMENS INTERNATIONAUX de DANSE CLASSIQUE 28 – 29 – 30 juin 2018 à Florence, Italie.

Un événement unique  !
Trois jours de cours avec des maîtres internationaux pour la préparation aux examens.

Examens sur la scène avec le jury d’excellence:

Présidente honoraire: Hélène Trailine – Etoile Internationale

  • Noëlla Pontois – Etoile de l’Opéra National de Paris
  • Monique Loudières – Etoile de l’Opéra National de Paris
  • Cyrille Atanassoff – Etoile de l’Opéra National de Paris
  • Charles Jude – Etoile de l’Opéra National de Paris
  • Michele Olivieri – Critique de la Danse et du Théàtre

Délivrance du certificat d’examen de passage
Participation de tous les étudiants à l’ouverture du Gala des Etoiles, dans lequel d’importants danseurs internationaux danseront.
Participation au Gala pour les étudiants qui réussissent le dernier niveau d’examens et obtiendra le Certificat d’aptitude de Danseur Classique Professionnel de la Fondation Serge Lifar, et pour les étudiants qui seront distingués lors des examens.

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition New York

March 25 – 30, 2018

Suite en Blanc, choreographed by Serge Lifar, will be part of the Senior category Compulsory Repertoire for VKIBC 2018. Furthermore, under the artistic authority of Charles Jude, former Etoile of the Paris Opera, the Lifar Foundation has very generously decided to financially reward with a grant those dancers who will perform the piece in an exceptional manner.

Claire Teisseyre won the prize Serge Lifar 2018 at the VKIBC competition in New York.



Soirée Française – Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma

From January  28th 2018 to February 3rd 2018

Suite en Blanc
Music by Édouard Lalo – estratti da “Namouna”
Conductor Carlo Donadio
Choreography Serge Lifar
Revived by Claude Bessy
Lighting designer Jean-Michel Désiré
Eleonora Abbagnato
Claudio Cocino

Pink Floyd Ballet
Music by (on recorded basis) The Pink Floyd
Ballet by Roland Petit
revived by Luigi Bonino
Lighting designer Jean-Michel Désiré

Orchestra, Etoile, Principal Dancers, Soloists and Corps de Ballet of the Opera di Roma

More informations: https://www.operaroma.it/en/shows/soiree-francaise/