Magazine article Pointe

Ballet Du Capitole, Toulouse

Magazine article Pointe

Ballet Du Capitole, Toulouse

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An eclectic repertoire distinguishes this company located in the Midi-Pyrenées region of France.

Despite its standing as the ballet company of the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, France and a history going back three centuries. Ballet du Capitole remained a provincial company in quality as well as geographically until September 1994, when Nanette Glushak was named artistic director. Following her appointment the company garnered rave reviews and international acclaim.

Glushak, formerly a dancer with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, had also previously been artistic director at the Forth Worth and Scottish ballets, and had been greatly in demand for her mastery of the Balanchine repertoire. These accomplishments and her endearing qualities have won Glushak the affection of audiences and the respect of her dancers, making BdC one of the best neoclassical companies in France.

All is not a bed of roses at Toulouse, though, Glushak says. "Working conditions are not exactly great," she says. "Only through my incessant bargaining did we receive a pay increase, a secretary, a technical director and tour personnel. Now we have two new studios, and we really function like a business."

Its connection with the opera can also be a drawback. "We work in a small theater [where] priority is given to operas, thus limiting the number of ballet performances." says Glushak. This means that the dancers do not get to dance enough.

"Every production-even if it is created especially for us-only gets to be performed three or four times in Toulouse," says Italian-born Paola Pagano, a 15-year veteran and one of four principal dancers. …

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