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Dressing the Opera

Exhibition f rom 25 May to 3 November 2019 at the Centre National du Costume de Scène, Moulins

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Entre France et Italie - L'Opéra de Paris de Louis XIV à la Révolution

From 28 May to 1st September 2019 at the Palais Garnier

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Major partners of the Paris Opera’s 350th anniversary

Major partners of
the Paris Opera’s 350th anniversary

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The day that was rehearsing...

À Cour and à Jardin

À Cour and à Jardin

“À jardin” and “à cour” refer to the left and the right sides of the stage respectively when facing the stage, in the auditorium. These expressions allow artists, technicians, stage managers and the production team, (the director, conductor, choreographer and set designer etc.) to understand each other and talk about the same left and the same right when referring to blocking, entrances and exits on stage. The terms appeared in the 18th century during rehearsals taking place at the Théâtre des Tuileries where on their right the actors had the cour (court) of the Tuileries Palace and the jardins (gardens) on the right. Before the French Revolution, the terms Côté Roi or “King’s side” and Côté Reine, the “Queen’s side” were used, each of them having a box situated to the right and left of the stage respectively. Today, now that there are no longer King, Queen, court or garden, various mnemonics are used to get one’s bearings: for the performers on stage, the coté cour is where the heart or Coeur is situated. For the audience, seated in the auditorium, the intitials J.C. – Jesus (jardin) Christ (cour), or Julius Caesar, or even Jean-Claude provide a simple reminder.

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Partners of the Paris Opera’s 350th anniversary

  • Sponsor of Crystal Pite's production

  • Sponsor of Opera's Battle

  • Sponsor of Les Indes galantes

With the generous support of

  • Sponsor of La Traviata

  • Sponsor of the Emperor box restoration

  • Principal sponsor of the Paris Opera Ballet

  • IT Mobility & User Experience Partner

  • Mécène Services IT

  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera Academy

Institutions associated with the 350th anniversary

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