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Simple Production — Movies, Fanny Gaïda, a Star and I


Fanny Gaïda, a Star and I

59' / 2001

Mathilde Mignon

Fanny Gaïda, a ballerina of the Opera de Paris, was filmed during the last year of her career by her childhood friend and filmmaker Mathilde Mignon.

The chosen ballets are those in which the talent of this gracefuland perfectionist artist are best expressed : “Giselle”, the quintessence of the great classical ballet on pointsand “Sweet Lies”, a contemporary choreography especially crafted for her by Jiri Kylian.

By putting together family films, shootings of the daily work of the dancer, collective classes, rehearsals with a piano accompaniment and public performances, Mathilde Mignon has drawned an intimate portrait of a whole life dedicated to dancing. In 1973, Fanny Gaïda entered “L’Ecole de Danse de l’Opéra” and was hired in 1978 by ”Le Corps de Ballet” at the age of 17. 

Rudolf Noureev gave her the soloist roles of Don Quichotte, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Washington Square, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty,…. Maurice Béjart chose her for “Sonate à Trois” and Kenneth MacMillan for “Song of the Earth”, William Forsythe for “In the Middle” and “Somewhat elevated”, Dominique Bagouet for “Fantasia Semplice”, John Neumeier for “Magnificat”, Jiri Kylian for “Tantz-schulz”, Jerome Robbins for “In the Night” and Twyla Tharp for “Rules of the Game”. 

Patrick Dupont chose her to be part of his troupe with which she started touring around the world from Galas to Galas while still performing at the Paris Opera. Rudolf Noureev requested her presence when his group “Noureev’s Friends” was founded. They were invited to dance in the United States, in Italy, in Mexico and in Japan. In 1989, she is promoted to “First Dancer” and in Nîmes on 27th July 1993, at the end of the Giselle Classique for which she had the leading role for the first time in her life, she is finally appointed “Danseuse Etoile”.


  • Duration: 59’
  • Video color
  • Original language : French
  • Image : Mathilde Mignon
  • Sound : Jean-Pierre Fenié - Olivier Hespel
  • Editor : Anne Weil
  • Sound mixing : Patrick sigwalt
  • Music : Adolphe Adam

Production and Partners

  • Production : Simple Production, RTBF, Lapsus, Centre Audiovisuel de Paris, Forum des Images, Mezzo, Opéra National de Paris in association with Arte France
  • Partners : Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Centre National de la Cinématographie (France) and the help of le Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

TV Broadcasters

  • RTBF2 (4/11/2001)
  • Arte (december 2001)


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