During the lockdown the Paris Opera Ballet School accepted the Royal Ballet School of London's invitation to join a project gathering 6 international ballet Schools (the San Francisco Ballet School, the Canada’s Ballet School, the Paris Opera Ballet School, the Royal Danish Ballet School and the Dutch National Ballet Academy) to work with choreographer Didy Veldman to explore the theme of physical restriction as a creative choreographic challenge. This project brings together over 120 young dancers from 23 different countries, working in groups containing 16 to 25 students formed based on the students’ 13 time zones.
11 girls and 11 boys in 1st division at the POBS joined this adventure (a work still in progress!).
Among them 6 are currently with their family abroad (1 in Canada, 1 in Italy, 2 in Spain, 1 in Sweden and 1 in Serbia).
Crystal Pite's Body and Soul with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet was today awarded the "best production" Grand Prix by the Union of Theatre, Music & Dance Critics.
Over the past 6 months the Paris Opera has undergone a truly unprecedented situation: after the strike movement linked to the pension reform project, we were hit as hard as everyone by the health crisis. For the Opera, this represents a total of more than 230 performances cancelled this season, almost 500,000 seats to be refunded for a total of 80,000 spectators.
Despite the restrictions engendered by the health crisis, we have made every effort to respond as quickly as possible to the exceptional workload involved in processing refunds, in particular by setting up a dedicated team mobilized via telecommuting, implementing IT developments along the way and simplifying our processes. However, several thousand applications remain to be finalised and we are doing everything possible to ensure that reimbursements concerning the 19/20 season are all made in the coming weeks, before the summer break.
The persistent uncertainties weighing on the health situation, both with regard to organising rehearsals and performances and welcoming the public, have also led us, like other opera houses, to substantially modify our autumn 2020 programme and the calendar for ticket sales. We will therefore be contacting all spectators, in particular patrons, Arop members and 20/21 subscribers, to make specific propositions taking into consideration the productions already booked: exchanges, alternative programmes, or refunds.
Aware of the inconvenience once again experienced by our ever loyal audience, we will do our utmost to offer everyone the most suitable solution between now and September, taking into account the work still in progress on processing 19/20 season dossiers, as well as the preparation of an artistic proposal adapted to the technical conditions of the coming months.
In these unique circumstances, your comprehension and patience are invaluable to us and we sincerely thank you. Very soon we hope to be able to provide you with the service you rightfully expect and we re-affirm our collective commitment to restoring a relationship of confidence between you and the Paris Opera.
Jean-Luc Ballestra withdrew from production.
The role of Marchese d’Obigny will be performed by Marc Labonnette
Sarah Connolly withdrew from production.
The role of Waltraute and the Seconde Norne will be performed by Michaela Schuster.
Götterdämmerung - from 13 to 21 November 2020 at the Opéra Bastille
Sofia Fomina withdrew from production.
The role of Manon will be performed by Amina Edris
Manon - from 26 February to 10 April 2020 at the Opéra Bastille
withdrew from production.
The role of Waltraute will be performed by Natalia Skrycka.
Die Walküre - from 05 to 27 May 2020 at the Opéra Bastille
withdrew from production.
The role of Mimi will be performed by Ekaterina Siurina.
La Bohème - from 13 June to 13 July 2020 at the Opéra Bastille
Liubov Medvedeva withdrew from production.
The role of Paggio della Duchessa will be performed by Ilanah Lobel-Torres.
Rigoletto - from 02 June to 12 July 2020 at the Opéra Bastille
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