Opera ballet

Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris/New York City Ballet, Paris — the review

When it comes to ballet companies, Paris Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet could hardly be more different. French dress has centuries of classic history and has mainly looked to contemporary European trends to adapt to changing times. American society, meanwhile, still respects the neoclassical style and vision of its 20th-century founder, George Balanchine. […]

Opera ballet

William Forsythe, Paris Opera Ballet — “Spectacular”

A new ballet by William Forsythe was an almost routine event. Not anymore. From the beginning of the 2000s, the American choreographer turned to a more contemporary dance vocabulary with his own troupe, and the flow of ballets dried up. But the Forsythe Company closed last year and Forsythe accepted Benjamin Millepied’s invitation to become […]

Opera ballet

At the Paris Opera Ballet, Changing the forms of couture

PARIS — Couture, those handmade, bespoke garments that regularly sell in the six figures, is the upper stratum of fashion for the wealthy. Short glimpses on the slopes aside, for most of us it’s a hidden world. But couture also exists in another more accessible universe: the theater costume departments. Most notable – and perhaps […]