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An air of Russia pervades this evening of dance which combines two great repertoire classics and a new work. Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody honours the classical tradition to a lively and colourful score by the Russian composer Rachmaninov. Former dancer and artistic collaborator of the Batsheva Dance Company, Sharon Eyal reinterprets an emblematic work of the Ballets Russes, L’Après-midi d’un faune, in her first creation for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, to music inspired by Debussy. Last performed in 1995, Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring returns to the stage of the Paris Opera, offering us scenes from pagan Russia to Stravinsky’s compelling music.
from 29 Nov 2021 to 02 Jan 2022Book
Led by Élisabeth Platel, the Paris Opera Ballet School presents its annual Demonstrations on the stage of the Palais Garnier. Created in 1977 by Claude Bessy the POBS’s Demonstrations have since become a privileged performance where the audience can appreciate the beautiful and rich education of classical dance taught at the Paris Opera. Considered as one of the School’s highlights, this moment unveils the teaching methods of a traditional artistic knowledge. Led by their teachers, the students display the different skills necessary to master the codes of classical dance and the French style; a basis that – once mastered- will free their artistic liberty. The Demonstrations also invite the public to discover other artistic disciplines or choreographic styles, the additional lessons followed by the student to complete their training: contemporary, folk, baroque, and character dances, mime and music class.
from 04 to 18 Dec 2021Book
Inspired by the choreography of Marius Petipa, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote is no less than a festival of dance that shines the limelight on the soloists and Corps de Ballet in a wide variety of ensembles and pas de deux. At the heart of the ballet, the lovers Kitri and Basilio use every ruse – from farce to fake suicide – to be united despite the resistance of Kitri’s father. It is ultimately the Man of La Mancha who triggers the happy dénouement, after battling windmills and encountering Cupid, Dulcinea and the Queen of the Dryads. The shimmering, Spanish‑influenced costumes bring additional zest to a lively and delightfully amusing production.
from 09 Dec 2021 to 02 Jan 2022Book
Guided by a strange voice under the flickering light of a flush-fitting ceiling lamp, two men observe one another and then confront each other. This duo soon becomes a crowd, a swell, which comes alive to the rhythm of Chopin’s preludes. Crystal Pite’s second creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, Body and Soul serves up waves of words and gestures which form the material for a secret narrative. Through the movement of the dancers, the words of a woman never cease to manifest themselves, like a duet between body and soul. Exploring the theme of mourning and bereavement, the Canadian choreographer presents the conflicting urges and impulses that challenge the unity of each of us. In a mysterious twilight awash with sound effects, this dramatically powerful three-act ballet progresses, not without humour, towards an exuberant and stimulating finale.
from 30 Jan to 20 Feb 2022Book
Régine Chopinot is continuing her residency at the Paris Opera Academy with O U I #3. Throughout the season, a series of workshops led by Régine Chopinot will welcome young refugees, individuals learning French as a second language and the socially and economically vulnerable. Using a combination of dance, words and movement, the project aims to provide tools TO facilitate personal development and human and social fulfilment. It focuses on orality and movement and fosters an awareness of both the body and language—the language of a shared community as well as the expression of its uniqueness. Taming the body, rediscovering its unity, identifying its place in the surrounding space. In March 2022 a public performance at the Amphithéâtre Olivier Messiaen of Bastille Opera, will mark the end of a week of creative workshops. That evening will also be the occasion to discover the first images of Jean-Baptiste Warluzel’s new documentary in the presence of the artists.
Amphithéâtre Olivier Messiaen - Opéra Bastille
on 12 Mar 2022 at 8 pmDiscover
After The Art of Not Looking Back (that entered the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire in 2018) Hofesh Shechter has been passing on two new pieces to the dancers of the Company: Uprising (2006) and In your rooms (2007). Two creations of his youth in which we already feel the choreographer’s style: an earth-bound, trance-like dance where rhythm holds a central place.
Uprising gathers seven men, springing to full light and moved by a motion which drives them always further, until they step back in the shadows. In your rooms moves nine performers to an enchanting dance set to a music composed by Hofesh Shechter himself, which reflects the core DNA of his kinetic vision of movement. A performance bringing together an electric dance, a powerful staging and live music.
from 14 Mar to 03 Apr 2022Book
The final work of a life utterly devoted to dance, La Bayadère by Rudolf Nureyev has become one of the jewels of the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire. First performed in 1992, La Bayadère recounts the ill-fated loves of the dancer Nikiya and the noble warrior Solor, promised to the redoubtable Gamzatti, in an imaginary India complete with elephants, tigers and palanquins. Rudolf Nureyev adapted the choreography by Marius Petipa – to music by Ludwig Minkus – restructuring it to include virtuosi variations and large‑scale ensemble movements. The celebrated Royaume des Ombres (Kingdom of Shadows) in Act III is considered to be one of the summits of choreographic art. Unfailingly popular at the Paris Opera, the spectacular richness of Ezio Frigerio’s decors and costumes by Franca Squarciapino make La Bayadère a flamboyant spectacle.
from 02 Apr to 06 May 2022Book
Despite the fact Mats Ek announced a few years ago that he no longer wanted to choreograph, he returned to the stage in 2019 to offer two new works to the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet: Another Place, a piece in which he explores the interactions of a couple through an enigmatic pas de deux, and Boléro, a free and poetic creation built around an iconic piece from the history of music and dance. His version of Carmen, a reinterpretation of the famous literary figure, is also entering the Company’s repertoire. Together, these three pieces offer us an insight into the choreographic and theatrical world of Mats Ek: a concept of dance built around noble, sweeping gestures that at times harbour a disturbing beauty which renders the inner turmoil of the soul perceptible.
from 06 May to 05 Jun 2022
On sale 14 Dec 2021 from 12h
Amphithéâtre Olivier Messiaen - Opéra Bastille
on 11 Jun 2022 at 8 pmDiscover
Numerous choreographers have drawn on Shakespeare’s play for the dramatic substance to their ballets. George Balanchine was no exception. In 1962, to a score by Mendelssohn, he created his own version of Shakespeare’s comedy for the New York City Ballet. Ever faithful to his vocabulary, subtly blended with mime, a complex romantic narrative unfolds in two acts and six tableaux. Revolving around Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, the plot thickens with a domestic quarrel between the king of the elves and the fairy queen. Things take another turn with the mischievous intervention of Puck and his magic love potion and the arrival of a troupe of amateur actors. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets. The sets and costumes were entrusted to another magician of the stage, Christian Lacroix.
from 18 Jun to 16 Jul 2022
On sale 11 Jan 2022 from 12h
The ultimate romantic ballet, Giselle marked the apogee of a new aesthetic that saw diaphanous tutus, white gauze, tulle and tarlatan take over the stage. The Willis bring the illusion of immateriality to this ghostly transfiguration of a tragedy. Premiered at the Royal Academy of Music on June 28, 1841, the ballet travelled to Russia, then temporarily disappeared from the repertoire before returning to France in 1910. Today’s version by Patrice Bart and Eugene Polyakov – which closely follows Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot’s original choreography – continues to reaffirm the ballet’s initial success. Bright, earthbound scenes opposed to spectral, nocturnal visions: dance becomes the language of the soul while the ethereal ballerina seems to defy gravity.
from 25 Jun to 16 Jul 2022
On sale 11 Jan 2022 from 12h
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