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An invitation to dream

Behind the scenes of "The Male Dancer" — By Aliénor de Foucaud and Felipe Sanguinetti

Invited for the first time to the Paris Opera, Spanish choreographer Iván Pérez questions the representation of masculinity on stage by creating a piece for ten male dancers. How should a male dancer move? What should he look like? And what answers do these questions find within an institution like the Paris Opera? Encouraging the dancers to turn their interpretation into an expression of their own sensitivity, and their dance a genuine act of self-affirmation, the choreographer invites them to break free from critical views and conventions. A transgression that echoes the costumes by Alejandro Gómez Palomo, whose bright colours become symbols of freedom and liberation. In the costume and rehearsal studios of the Palais Garnier, exuberance and elegance are everywhere.

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