A sumptuous Nuits des Etoiles closed the third edition of Nuits de la Danse at Mougins Eco-park on Sunday July 7, offering a dance show of exceptional quality. As the poet said, a dance school is a cage where one learns to become a bird. The Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower released many “birds” who have become soloists and star dancers in prestigious ballet worldwide. Some returned to the nest to dance at the Nuits des Etoiles.
Founded in 1961 by Rosella Hightower, the Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower (ESDC) is now one of the major dance training centers in the world in classical and contemporary dance, under the direction of Paola Cantalupo.
The “Cannes Jeune Ballet” company inaugurated the Nuits de la Danse by performing a choreography by Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche “Foudre” on the music of “Ambiance Orage” by Jean-Paul Bataille, “From Time to Time” by Laurent Perrier and “Walk With Me” by Moby. The Cannes Jeune Ballet brings together the young students in their final year of training.
The duo dancers Mimoza Koike & Yasuyuki Endo interpreted their own choreography “Mo-Ma” with music by Seigen Ono and Nukariik. Mimoza Koike studied dance at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon. After joining in 2003 the Ballets de Monte Carlo, she became the soloist in 2005. Mimoza Koike performs with talent Jean-Christophe Maillot’s repertoire, a former student of the ESDC and director of Ballet of Monaco. Japanese dancer and choreographer Yasuyuki Endo was formed at Shigyo Ballet School in Tokyo. Since 2005, he has been a soloist with the National Ballet of Marseille. Meanwhile, he developed his own choreographic work, providing many classic and contemporary training over Europe and Japan.
Yohan Stegli and Aleix Martinez then brilliantly performed excerpts from Bernstein Dances, choreographed by John Neumeir on a music signed Bernstein: “Simple Song” and Something Is Coming”. Yohan Stegli is the soloist of the Hamburg Ballet, he studied dance at the Marine Mireille School in Aix-en-Provence and at the Hamburg Ballet School. In 1999, he was awarded the First Prize at the 8th Eurovision Dance Contest and was engaged in the company of John Neumeier where he became a soloist in 2004. He is now Ballet Master of the German National Youth Ballet. Aleix Martinez studied at the Escuela Ballet David Campos, at the Colette Armand Ballet Studio in Marseille and at Hamburg Ballet School where he has been dancing since 2010. This young Spanish dancer has won several awards and recognitions for his work, including the Prix de Lausanne and the Premio Positano in 2008, the Promising Young Talent 2012 by Tanz Magazine and Dr. Wilhelm-Oberdörffer Prize in 2013. It is now a soloist at the Hamburg Ballet.
Another duo, romantic this time, followed: Romeo and Juliet, played by Joelle Boulogne Jean-Sebastien Colau, with choreography by Jean-Sébastien Colau and Prokofiev’s music. This version of love danced on stage, very romantic, with an an apple as reference to tentation, raised public enthusiasm.
Two sisters then presented as a premiere a common show especially created for the Nuits de la Danse of Mougins. Hélène Bouchet performed “The Gipsy Tunes”, wearing a gypsy dress, on a choreography by Thiago Bordin and music by Pablo de Sarasate, played on the violin by her sister, Diane Bouchet and Véronique Poltz at the Piano. Hélène Bouchet is from Cannes, she studied at the ESDC and the National Ballet School of Marseille. She danced with the Ballet de Marseille-Roland Petit and the English National Ballet and continued her career as a solo dancer in the Hamburg Ballet. She received the silver medal at the 20th International Ballet Competition in Varna in 2002 and the Benois de la Danse 2010.
Yohan Stegli and Aleix Martinez made an encore appearance on stage to perform a humorous and charming duet “Tra Me E Se, Forse” on a choreography by Mirko Guido and song Renaud “Mistral Gagnant”. This duet won them tremendous applause.
In the final, the Cannes Jeune Ballet presented excerpts of the choreography by Katarzyna Gdaniec and Marco Cantalupo “Concerto”, a coproduction company Linga, The Octagon, Theatre Pully. Concerto, a work of J. S. Bach is a conference at four meeting, being played around a table and four chairs.
The Nuit des Etoiles delighted the 600 people gathered in the stands of the Eco-Park, in a magical place in nature and we leave the last word to the mayor of Mougins, Mr Richard Gally: “Dance in Mougins, it is a part of the Infinite before our eyes. “