By Artsvi Bakhchinyan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
YEREVAN — On July 24, ballet fans here had the great opportunity to enjoy one of the best contemporary ballet companies of France, named after its founding director, Michel Hallet Eghayan. Six dancers presented the new piece of Hallet Eghayan, named “Hurrah!”
Before that they performed it in Gavar and Sevan – towns, where ballet is totally absent.
Hallet Eghayan was born in 1946 in Lyon, to an Armenian mother and a French father. In 1973, in New York, he studied with eminent ballet teachers Margaret Craske and Merce Cunningham. Back in his hometown in 1976, he founded his eponymous company at the same time as the school. He is also the co-founder of the Maison de la Danse of Lyon. Since then, he has created about 100 performances (“Back Forward,” “Orlando Furioso,” “The Creek Island,” “Tribute to Kandinsky,” etc.).
I conducted this interview with Michel after watching the general rehearsal of “Hurrah!”