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Le cygne

Seated, her head tilted back, her arms trembling, Yvette Chauviré relives La Mort du Cygne (The Dying Swan). Here she transmits to Dominique Khalfouni her knowledge and interpretation of one of the leading roles of romantic ballet.


Source : Patrick Bossatti

Delouche, Dominique

After Beaux-Arts (Fine Art School) studies and musical classes (piano and classical singing), Dominique Delouche met Federico Fellini and became his assistant ("Nights of Cabiria"). In 1960, he directed his first film « Le Spectre de la Danse ». Until 1985, he produced and directed short films, like « Aurore » et « La dame de Monte Carlo ». In 1968, he staged Danielle Darieux in “Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman", a Stefan Sweig novel 's adaptation selected for the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, and the musical theatre “Divine” (1975). He filmed other features like « Une étoile pour l’exemple » (1988), « L’homme de désir » (1970). He produced and filmed the opera “La voix humaine” (The Human Voice) for French television (text by Cocteau and music by Poulenc; directed by Georges Prêtre), with the soprano Denise Duval. His last film is "Balanchine in Paris" (2011). He also directed, created decors and costumes for the Opéra de Paris and for the Festival of Aix en Provence: “Werther”, “Le Roi malgré lui” (The Reluctant King) (1978), “Didon et Énée” (Dido and Æneas) (1972).

Source: Dominique Delouche's website

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Le cygne

Interpretation : Yvette Chauviré, Dominique Khalfouni

Additionnal music : Camille Saint-Saëns

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Films du Prieuré, Cinémathèque française

Le Spectre de la danse

Le Spectre de la danse (The Spectre of dance) is the title of the film that Dominique Delouche produced on classical dance in 1961. For this director who strives to show the Etoiles in a new light without tarnishing their aura or their disembodied image, this film is a manifesto. The title was then used as the generic name for the series of seven short films produced between 1961 and 1986 : 

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