Back to the Paris Opera!! For the Concours, every dancer must ask an Etoile (a principal dancer) to show them the variation that they've chosen for the Concours in order to have the correct choreography/ version. Yesterday, I asked my "petit pere" Mathieu Ganio to show me the variation from Sleeping Beauty that I have chosen. Our encounter was filmed by a documentary team for a second part of "Graines d'Etoiles" (the Budding Stars). It was especially stressful for me to dance in front of the camera, and in front of an Etoile that I admire very much.
Starting from today, all the morning classes in the Paris Opera Ballet are divided by grade: male/ female corps de ballet, male/female Coryphees, male/female soloists in order for us to prepare each grade's Concours seperately. I also passed by the Costumes area (la couture) in Garnier to try the costumes for my Concours, and found all the beautiful costumes ready for Swan Lake in December.