Born on January 13 1924, Roland Petit is one of the greatest ballet choreographers of the 20th century, and has been honored by former French President Chirac, the Russian President Putin and the Chinese government. In the words of Chirac, “He is a maestro for the world with the characters of the French people”.
Roland Petit started to study at the Paris Opera School of Dance. He was engaged in the Paris Opera Ballet at the age of 16. In 1944, he started a career of dance and choreography at the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt. In 1945 Roland Petit founded Les Ballets des Champs-Elysées and then created ballets like Les Forains, Le Rendez-vous, and Le jeune Homme et la mort, already showing his own theatrical conception of ballet. In 1948 the choreographer created a new company “Les Ballets de Paris-Roland Petit” where he would create L’Ouef a la Coque, La Croqueuse de Diamants, and Carmen. Carmen was one of his most influential ballets. In 1970, he accepted to take the direction of the Paris Opera Ballet, but he resigned after only six months. In 1972, the mayor of Marseilles invited him to give a boost to the Marseilles Opera House Ballet Company. In 1981 the Ballets de Marseille became Ballet National de Marseille-Roland Petit, and performed all around the world. For his company, Roland Petit created wonderful pieces like: Pink Floyd Ballet, L’Arlésienne, Proust ou les intermittences du coeur, Coppélia, La Dame de Pique, La Chauve-Souris, Ma Pavlova, Valentine’s love songs, La belle au bois dormant, and Le Lac des cygnes et ses maléfices etc.
Roland Petit left Ballet National de Marseille in 1998 to continue his creation of new ballets, and also to stage his repertory around the world for famous ballet companies like: Paris Opera Ballet, The San-Francisco Ballet, The Asami Maki Ballet in Tokyo, The Téatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, The K. Ballet Company in Tokyo, The Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of China, Le Ballet National de Nancy, Balletto del Teatro San-Carlo di Napoli, Balletto dell’ Opera di Firenze, The New National Theater in Tokyo and English National Ballet etc.
Roland Petit died on July 10th 2011 at 87 years old in Genève, of a “lightning leukemia”.
A man with a beautiful wife has grown too accustomed to her, as men do, even bored. Johann's wife Bella solicits her husband's attention to no avail. He prefers even the newspaper to her company. In the evening however Johann has other plans. He likes to slip out to Maxim's to dance, flirt and seduce.
While Johann is ignoring her, Bella - as attractive women, married or not, always do - has an admirer. In this case, the admirer is their children's tutor Ulrich.
When Johann has disappeared to Maxim's, Bella calls Ulrich to the house. Ulrich sees his chance and goes in for the kill, hoping to seduce Bella the same evening. But for the moment, Bella cannot bring herself to betray her husband. Ulrich has a backup plan; he wants to disguise Bella and take her out to Maxim's where she can see Johann's womanizing for herself.
Ulrich's hidden agenda is that when Bella has seen Johann's infidelity, she will be easy prey for himself.
Curiously, when Ulrich and Bella reach Maxim's, Bella makes a tremendous impression on all the men there, including her own husband. Johann leaves all the other delicious ladies and starts courting his own Bella. But Johann doesn't realize that the gorgeous woman he is wooing is his own wife.
When Ulrich sees his plan falling apart, he makes arrangements for Johann to be arrested and put in jail.
Johann has these strange bat wings with which he flies away in the night. When he is in jail, Bella drops by with the magistrate and seduces him into allowing her into Johann's cell. When in the jail, Ulrich brings Bella a giant pair of scissors and Bella cuts away Johann's bat wings. After his release from jail, Johann is grounded at home where he gets carpet slippers for a future of domestic bliss.