Paris when it sizzles

26 June 2009 | By Yosvani Ramos

Principal Artist Yosvani has danced with both Jeune Ballet de France and Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris, but found much to enjoy in The Australian Ballet’s French-inspired double bill Paris Match. It was a performance made all the more special because his mum was in the audience from Cuba.

Well, opening night of Paris Match has finally happened. We did it!

With Stanton Welch’s Divergence, you’ve got to be very precise and in sync, so everybody – well, I speak for myself – was worried they would have a blank in the middle of the stage. In this ballet you have to do all the turns and tours to the right, and I’m the only dancer in the whole company that turns to the left. I’m also at the front of the line, so even more pressure! Thankfully I didn’t end up in the orchestra pit … ha ha.

Suite en blanc, the first ballet of this double bill, also went well. I love Suite and danced it eleven years ago in France. On opening night this week, I performed the Mazurka. I had such a good time out there, despite being a bit tired after two rehearsals the previous day. The rest of the cast was fantastic – no reason to envy the Paris Opera Ballet. Australian ballet dancers rock!

Paris Match runs until 4 July in Melbourne

Yosvani Ramos in Stanton Welch’s Divergence. Photography Jim Mcfarlane