Famous French choreographer Roland Petit passed away yesterday, July 10th, at the age of eighty-seven. To us he was best known as the choreographer for a series of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Pink Floyd[/lastfm] ballets, the first of which premiered in 1972, but he was recognized throughout the world for the wide ranging and creative nature of his works.
“It all began in the late ’60s,” explained Petit, according to the Pink Floyd fan site Brain Damage. “One day, my daughter, who must have been about 10 years old at the time, gave me an album by Pink Floyd and said, ‘Dad, you have to make a ballet with this music. It’s the best!’ At first I was hesitant, but when I heard the music, I agreed with my daughter.”
Convinced by his daughter, Petit took a trip to England to speak with the band about his plans. “So I went to England and met with Pink Floyd in person. I told them about my idea of making a ballet with their music and asked if they would agree. They were so enthusiastic about the idea that they even offered to play live at the world premiere!”
The first performance premiered in November of 1972 at the Palais des Sports in Marseilles. The arena was filled with 32,000 fans, who also got to see Pink Floyd perform as well. The ballet has been successful throughout the world and was most recently performed in 2010.
Watch some of Petit’s Pink Floyd Ballet!
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