Dancer, Part 2
Pascale is sinking her teeth into many principal roles at the Ballet de Marseille Roland Petit: Myrtha, Queen of the Willis in Giselle, Swanilda in Coppelia, and the most haunting of all, Esmeralda in Notre-Dame de Paris. In Paris she replaces an injured Natalia Makarova at the last minute for the premiere of the Company at the Chatelet. She dances the role again in Rome and Athens at the Herode Atticus theater.
Simone Dupuis, in L'Express, soon calls her " the undisputed queen of the Ballet de Marseille"....
Left : Afternoon of a Faun, with Denys Ganio
Below : La Chauve-Souris, with Hacene Bahiri
In Roland Petit's "Debussy", which is filmed for television, Pascale is seen in several Pas de Deux, most notably the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Sarabande. In Paris, Marseille and on tour all over Europe she dances with Jean-Charles Gil the long, lyrical pas de Deux of Pelleas et Melisande, which the press hails as "one of the most beautiful pages ever dedicated to a ballerina by a choreographer".
She then reprises Zizi Jeanmaire role in the full-length La Chauve Souris (the Bat) in Marseille (1984). She creates the principal part of the Spring, from Vivaldi's Four Season in Venice, performed by the Ballet de Marseille on the San Marco Piazza and also filmed for television.
In 1986, she is invited to join the San Francisco Ballet following there her longtime Ballet de Marseille's partner Jean-Charles Gil. Helgi Tomasson will create for them Intimates Voices, his new romantic ballet.
The American adventure begins!
Above : in rehearsal with Helgi Tomasson and Jean-Charles Gil
Below : Intimate Voices, with Jean-Charles Gil
Below : Arabian Dance from Nutcracker, with Tom Ruud
Top Right: Myrtha in Giselle (Photo Alfred Bennathan)
Top Left: Esmeralda from Notre-Dame de Paris.
Second Right: Pelleas et Melisande.
Third Right: Esmeralda (Photos Jean-Vincent Mineo)