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Bluebeard

Pina Bausch

Palais Garnier

from 22 June to 14 July 2024

120 €

1h50 no interval

Bluebeard

Palais Garnier - from 22 June to 14 July 2024

Synopsis

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In a castle whose floor is littered with dead leaves, a man compulsively plays a tape recorder. Surrounded by figures that haunt him, he listens, rewinds and listens again to the music of Bluebeard.

Created in 1977, Pina Bausch's piece, which enters the Ballet's repertoire this season, transforms Bartók's opera into a wild and intense ritual: that of a man confronting his thirst for power, his desires and his fantasies.

Perrault's original fairy tale is the inspiration for this major Tanztheater piece. Men and women dive headlong into a choreography that exposes the violence and absurdity of human relationships.

The compulsive nature of desire becomes a principle of writing: locked in a series of gestures repeated to the point of exhaustion or explosion, Pina Bausch's tragic characters draw us into a breathless world where seduction and domination converge.

Duration : 1h50 no interval

Show acts

Detail of acts

A vast room inside Bluebeard’s castle

Judith has married a Duke named Bluebeard, against her family’s will. Still wearing her wedding dress, she discovers her new house, a cold, dark and damp castle. She gave up everything dear to her out of love for her husband, and yet she can’t help but feel frightened by these walls, which are so humid that they seem to be weeping.

She then realises that the place contains seven closed doors and asks her husband to open them all so light can flow in. Bluebeard tries to talk her out of it but the young woman insists and her curiosity prevails. The only condition is that she can look, but is not allowed to ask any question.

The first door opens to reveal a torture chamber, the second one a storehouse of weapons, the third one a treasure chamber stained with blood, and the fourth one opens on a luxuriant garden with an earth soaked in blood

Bluebeard begs her to stop and not go any further, but Judith is growing anxious and demands to have all the keys. She then discovers a landscape threatened by blood-red clouds and a deep lake filled with tears.

She is now facing the seventh door and, once more, Bluebeard begs her to stop there. The young woman, however, is now convinced that this last door is hiding the tombs of her husband’s former wives. She plies him with many questions: who did he love before her?

Her insistence is such that Bluebeard hands over the last key. In the room are three women dressed in sumptuous clothes. Bluebeard then tells Judith that they are his wives of dawn, midday and dusk, as he spent his dawn with the first one, his midday with the second and his dusk with the third one. Judith, the fairest of them all and the fourth, met him on the night and will be the wife of his darkness.

Bluebeard dresses her in a heavy mantle, a crown and jewels. The young woman disappears through the seventh door, and as the door closes, the Duke is left to his solitude once again.

Artists

New to the repertoire

Barbe-Bleue. En écoutant un enregistrement de l’opéra de Béla Bartók Le Château de Barbe-Bleue

Creative team

The Étoiles, the Premières Danseuses, the Premiers Danseurs and the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet
Recorded music

With the exceptional support of Aline Foriel-Destezet

Press

  • Forty-five years after its creation, Pina Bausch's choreography, carried by a new generation of dancers, continues to impact us strongly.

    Les Échos, 2022
  • The quest for love and power, where tenderness and violence merge: Pina Bausch’s art in its purest form.

    Radio France, 2022
  • Relentless, unbearable in terms of both beauty and violence, Pina Bausch's very personal adaptation of Bluebeard is rediscovered more than forty years after its creation and still makes the effect of an emotional earthquake.

    Sceneweb, 2022

Access and services

Palais Garnier

Place de l'Opéra

75009 Paris

Public transport

Underground Opéra (lignes 3, 7 et 8), Chaussée d’Antin (lignes 7 et 9), Madeleine (lignes 8 et 14), Auber (RER A)

Bus 20, 21, 27, 29, 32, 45, 52, 66, 68, 95, N15, N16

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Imagined as benchmark, richly illustrated booklets, the programmes can be bought online, at the box offices, in our shops, and in the theatres hall on the evening of the performance.

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At the Palais Garnier, buy €10 tickets for seats in the 6th category (very limited visibility, two tickets maximum per person) on the day of the performance at the Box offices.

In both our venues, discounted tickets are sold at the box offices from 30 minutes before the show:

  • €25 tickets for under-28s, unemployed people (with documentary proof less than 3 months old) and senior citizens over 65 with non-taxable income (proof of tax exemption for the current year required)
  • €40 tickets for senior citizens over 65

Get samples of the operas and ballets at the Paris Opera gift shops: programmes, books, recordings, and also stationery, jewellery, shirts, homeware and honey from Paris Opera.

Palais Garnier
  • Every day from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until performances end
  • Get in from Place de l’Opéra or from within the theatre’s public areas
  • For more information: +33 1 53 43 03 97

Palais Garnier

Place de l'Opéra

75009 Paris

Public transport

Underground Opéra (lignes 3, 7 et 8), Chaussée d’Antin (lignes 7 et 9), Madeleine (lignes 8 et 14), Auber (RER A)

Bus 20, 21, 27, 29, 32, 45, 52, 66, 68, 95, N15, N16

Calculate my route
Car park

Q-Park Edouard VII16 16, rue Bruno Coquatrix 75009 Paris

Book your parking spot
super alt text

Imagined as benchmark, richly illustrated booklets, the programmes can be bought online, at the box offices, in our shops, and in the theatres hall on the evening of the performance.

BUY THE PROGRAM

At the Palais Garnier, buy €10 tickets for seats in the 6th category (very limited visibility, two tickets maximum per person) on the day of the performance at the Box offices.

In both our venues, discounted tickets are sold at the box offices from 30 minutes before the show:

  • €25 tickets for under-28s, unemployed people (with documentary proof less than 3 months old) and senior citizens over 65 with non-taxable income (proof of tax exemption for the current year required)
  • €40 tickets for senior citizens over 65

Get samples of the operas and ballets at the Paris Opera gift shops: programmes, books, recordings, and also stationery, jewellery, shirts, homeware and honey from Paris Opera.

Palais Garnier
  • Every day from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until performances end
  • Get in from Place de l’Opéra or from within the theatre’s public areas
  • For more information: +33 1 53 43 03 97

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