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The photographer Pierre Even creates both descriptive and allegorical images of landscapes at the border between nature and civilisation, as in his book “Eden” (2014). Seduced by the idea of being confronted by a building which he considers to be an important piece of Paris’s architectural “Lego”, the Palais Garnier, he discovered an emblematic setting of the Paris Opera’s history : the Foyer de la Danse.
This hall situated behind the stage has intrigued the artist due to its opulent decoration and its ambiguous intimacy. From the 19th century onwards, rich subscribers used to meet female dancers and offer them money and protection here. Serge Lifar, who became director of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1930, forbade them access to the Foyer, which has since been reserved for artists preparing for performances. Pierre Even’s photographs portray this unique room.