La Fille de neige

O Mother Spring, be kind, and give me a bit of ardent sunshine and flame. To warm this poor cold heart of mine! Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden) was born in times of old in Tsar Berendey’s mythical kingdom, the fruit of the union between Spring the Beauty and Grandfather Frost. Protected by her parents from […]

Iolanta / The Nutcracker

Presented as a diptych in the historic performance of 1892, Iolanta and The Nutcracker are once again brought together in this Paris Opera production. In Dmitri Tcherniakov’s staging and sets, they become one and the same work: the opera is the prelude to the ballet and the ballet the resolution of the opera. King René’s daughter, whose blindness disappears […]

Le Rouge et le Noir

In the 1830s, during the period of the Restauration, Julien Sorel, an irresistible young 18-year‑old, experiences a meteoric rise. A protégé of the abbé Chélan, he gains access to the world of the aristocracy and finds himself at the very heart of the struggle for power. The Red and the Black is the story of […]


A sparkling personality on the contemporary dance scene, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman has been invited for the first time to work with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. Trained at the Swedish Royal Ballet, he danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Ballet Cullberg before turning to choreography. His language, both visceral and […]

Pond way

Since the death of Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) and the dissolution of his company — which the choreographer planned before his passing — the vitality of his work has constantly been in evidence. Today, every ballet company’s repertory includes one or several pieces by the great Merce, who is increasingly seen as the most universal reference […]


New York composer Steve Reich’s percussions provide a mesmerizingly rhythmical score for Drumming Live, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s ballet created in 1998 by the Rosas Company, and performed today by the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. Like Rain, which entered the Ballet’s repertoire in 2011, Drumming Live is one of the choreographer’s most abstract works […]

Four Contemporary Choreographers

Four contemporary choreographers from diverse backgrounds come together to create distinctly original works for the Paris Opera’s resident dance company, leading the dancers to a new form of modernity where bodies vibrate with intensity. Swiss-born James Thierrée takes over the Palais Garnier’s public areas and introduces us to his dream-like world in Frôlons. Israel’s Hofesh […]

Body and Soul

Premiere of Body and Soul, choreographed by Vancouver’s own Crystal Pite, and performed by the Paris Opera Ballet. Following the phenomenal success of The Seasons’ Canon in 2016, Pite was invited back in 2019 to create a full-length work for thirty-six dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. A work in three distinct parts, Body and Soul articulates Pite’s […]

Le Parc

Originally created for the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris and performed for the first time at the Palais Garnier on 9 April 1994, Angelin Preljoçaj’s highly personal contemplation on the nature of love now comes to the stage of the Teatro Costanzi, the Rome Opera House. Using Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, […]

Three ballets by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Each dancer is like a musical instrument with its own sonority and colour. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker This triptych spans ten years of creation (from 1986 to 1995) and bears witness to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s remarkable dialogues with the great scores of classical music. The term “dialogue” is undoubtedly too tame to describe this almost physical confrontation […]

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