The flamboyant history of the Opéra Ballet
Three centuries of history, revisited by the world's greatest specialists and richly illustrated. A reference book with a novel approach, alternating lively monographs with fascinating overviews, from the “Court Ballet of Louis XIV” to “Rudolf Nureyev” and from “Tutu” to the “Sets of the 20th Century”… A monumental fresco where the reader meets the greatest choreographers, from Perrot to Cherkaoui and from Lifar to Roland Petit ; the greatest composers, from Rameau to Messiaen ; the greatest artists, from Chagall to De Chirico, from Cocteau to Christian Lacroix and from Picasso to Claude Lévêque ; and of course the greatest dancers, from Guimard to Taglioni, and from Yvette Chauviré to Nicolas Le Riche…
“The French School shall be founded on the primacy of harmony, the coordination of movements, the accuracy of placement and the disdain of prowess.”
Louis XIV, Royal ordinance 1713.
A collective of 30 authors, among the greatest specialists on the subject, under the direction of Mathias Auclair, head curator at the Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra and of Christophe Ghristi, theater director at the national Opéra of Paris.