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Decadance, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris — a marvel of kinetic articulation

A very special emotion for the Parade, which sees the 154 dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet parade by rank to mark the start of the season. Still, this ritual is starting to feel like an awkward reminder of classical glories past. This season was one of only two opportunities to catch company in tutus, […]

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Hamish Bowles at the 2018 Paris Opera Gala Opening Night with Keira Knightley, Marion Cotillard, Ellie Bamber and more

After intermission, after flaunting the company’s classic chops, we were in for a very different experience with a program of works choreographed by Ohad Naharin for Tel Aviv’s famed Batsheva Dance Company, which introduced a whole new language of contemporary dance which he calls Gaga. The dancers grimace, scream and rush around the stage with […]

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Ballerina Diana Vishneva returns to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet – WWD

When Diana Vishneva bowed out as principal dancer of American Ballet Theater last summer after 13 years, she didn’t disappear behind the scenes for good. The 42-year-old quit the business to focus on other projects – and ended up taking time off from dancing for a few months as she was pregnant with her son, […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet presents the Gala Tour from Paris to Astana

ASTANA – The Paris Opera Ballet will present its Gala de Paris program from July 27 to 30 at the Astana Opera House in the Kazakh capital. The gala is part of a tour dedicated to the 350th anniversary of the Opéra National de Paris; Maestro Vladimir Lande will conduct the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra […]

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Ballerina Kang Ho-hyun, latest Korean addition to the Paris Opera Ballet

There are now three Korean ballerinas in the Paris Opera Ballet as Kang Ho-hyun recently joined the company after a year-long training period. Founded in 1669, the Paris Opera Ballet is one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, along with the Royal Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet. Attracting many […]

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Ballerina Kang Ho-hyun, the latest Korean addition to the Paris Opera Ballet

There are now three Korean ballerinas in the Paris Opera Ballet as Kang Ho-hyun recently joined the company after a year-long training period. Founded in 1669, the Paris Opera Ballet is one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, along with the Royal Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet. Attracting many […]

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Cairo Opera Ballet Company and Reda Dance Troupe Perform at Caffeina Festival

Cairo Opera Ballet Company – File CAIRO – June 25, 2018: Cairo Opera Ballet Company and Reda Dance Troupe participate in the 13th Caffeina Festival 2018 in Viterbo, Italy. The Cairo Opera Ballet Company performed on June 24, while the Reda Dance Troupe will take part in the festival’s closing ceremony. Caffeina is a renowned […]

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Cairo Opera Ballet and Reda Dance Troupe perform at Caffeina Festival, Italy

Two renowned Egyptian troupes, the Cairo Opera Ballet and the Reda Dance Troupe, will perform in Viterbo as part of the 2018 Italian Caffeina Festival. The event will take place from June 22 to July 1 at the Palazzo dei Papi, a palace that served as the papal seat for 24 years in the 13th […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet dancer is the fourth Korean to receive a prestigious distinction

Ballerina Park Sae-eun performs ‘Emerald’, part of George Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ trilogy, for a gala after winning the prize on Tuesday at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. [YONHAP] Korean ballet dancer Park Sae-eun was named best dancer at the Benois de la Danse awards, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet awards, on Tuesday in Moscow. […]

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Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris — blurring boundaries

While contemporary dance creators have made inroads into the repertoire of classical companies, their presence has periodically been dismissed as a gimmick. In some ways, however, they are changing the world of ballet – blurring the top-down choreographic structures and gender distinctions the art form otherwise maintains. The Paris Opera Ballet’s new quadruple program is […]

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Paris Opera dancers complain of harassment and mismanagement

Sexual and verbal harassment. A lack of support and care. Incompetence. These are just some of the accusations leveled against the management of the Paris Opera and the company’s artistic director, Aurélie Dupont, in an anonymous internal questionnaire that caused furor in the French media after being leaked to journalists. last week. “The current director […]

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Paris Opera Ballet: An Evening in Paris

This Saturday, attend a magnificent recital tribute to the city of love, with Agnès Letestu, the great lady of Paris Opera Ballet. In 2014, to the deafening applause of a delighted French audience who attended her performance in La Dame aux camélias by John Neumeier, the official career of Agnès Letestu, the great lady of […]

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Paris Opera Ballet Opening Gala, Palais Garnier, Paris — sensuality and French style

With fundraising becoming an increasingly pressing concern, glittering opening night galas have become de rigueur for many ballet companies. The Paris Opera Ballet woke up a few years ago to the potential for a star-studded evening with the arrival of Benjamin Millepied, and the red carpet remained a must under Aurélie Dupont. Exclusivity is key […]

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Ballet artists from Astana Opera shine in international competition in New York

ASTANA — Artists from the Astana Opera Theater scored a double victory at the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) from June 5-10 in New York, according to the theater’s press service. Principal dancer of the Astana Opera Ballet, Bakhtiyar Adamzhan became the first Grand Prix winner in the Classical Dance category in the history […]

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Balmain will design costumes for the Paris Opera Ballet

Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, loves collaborations. He just announced he’s partnering with L’Oreal Paris, sold out H&M stores when he created a collection for the retailer in fall 2015, and created custom Kardashian Yeezy x Balmain outfits. Now the designer is collaborating with the Paris Opera in what will be a very French match […]

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Balmain draws for the dancers of the Paris Opera

In case you left the world of ballet behind when you returned your childhood tutu, it’s time to reconnect. Ballet and fashion are in the midst of a very stylish rendezvous and the latest label to hit the stage is none other than Kardashian-Jenner favorite Balmain. The label’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, is probably better […]

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Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing designs costumes for Paris Opera dancers

Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, is more closely associated with Beyoncé than ballet, but that may soon change. As WWD reports, the designer will create costumes for the Paris Opera, outfitting a troupe led by dancer and choreographer Sébastien Bertaud for an upcoming piece called “Renaissance” in June. “My ambition is to create a classical […]

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The Dutch National Ballet brings creativity to the fore at the National Opera Ballet Amsterdam

What defines the Dutch school of ballet is not centuries of history or a distinctive training style, but an enviable choreographic lineage. Born in the 20th century with artists like Hans van Manen, it has been wisely supported in recent years by the Dutch National Ballet, which celebrates it this winter with “Made in Amsterdam”. […]

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Review: ‘Reset’ follows Benjamin Millepied’s efforts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera ballet

For a year and a half, Benjamin Millepied directed the Paris Opera Ballet, where he worked, among other things, to diversify the company and rethink the hierarchy of the institution. At one point in “Reset,” Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai’s gripping documentary about Mr. Millepied choreographing a new ballet, he grabs an injured dancer’s foot […]

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A look back at Benjamin Millepied’s break with the Paris Opera Ballet

Earlier this year, Natalie Portman’s husband, Benjamin Millepied, abruptly resigned as dance director of the Paris Opera Ballet for reasons that have never been fully explained. Now, a new documentary sheds light on her troubled tenure at one of the dance world’s biggest gigs, which only lasted two years. In “Reset,” which hits theaters Jan. […]

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How the Paris Opera Ballet paid tribute to Balanchine EJINSIGHT

The Balanchine program presented by the Paris Opera Ballet at the Opera Garnier last month was a real treat. It is a well-deserved tribute to George Balanchine, the greatest ballet choreographer of the 20th century who died in 1983. The excellent three-part program was designed by Benjamin Millepied, the company’s former artistic director, who left […]

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Premiere of Crystal Pite, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris — the review

Ironically, the greatest successes of the Benjamin Millepied era at the Paris Opera Ballet came after his resignation. The mixed poster that opened the season, programmed by Millepied but now piloted by its replacement, Aurélie Dupont, was the company’s best for some time, crowned by a very convincing creation by Crystal Pite. With 154 dancers, […]

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Review: The Paris Opera Ballet kicks off a new season with futuristic choreography

But before the end of that season, Mr Millepied announced his resignation and in July left, replaced by former Paris Opera star Aurélie Dupont. It was Mme Dupont, together with Stéphane Lissner, the director of the Paris Opera, who presided over this year’s event, and although the ballets on the program were commissioned by Mr […]

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Paris Opera Ballet lambasted by listeners for €90,000 taxi bill | Paris

It declares itself the cradle of classical dance and is among the oldest and most prestigious classical bodies in the world, known for their star dancers and little ratsthe child stars of its 300-year-old school. When it comes to sophisticated footwork, however, Paris Opera Ballet directors found they were unwittingly in the spotlight this week. […]

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Haunting fantasy of an artist from the Paris Opera Ballet

Last year, the Paris Opera Ballet’s new online platform, 3e Scène, approached photographer Alex Prager and asked her to make a film. She was given creative carte blanche and granted full access to the company’s facilities and dancers. The result is “La Grande Exit”, a ten-minute film which makes its US debut at the Lehmann […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Review: ‘Les Applaudissements’ by Maguy Marin at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — The French choreographer Maguy Marin, whose work “Les applassements ne se mange pas” is performed by the Paris Opera Ballet, is a controversial figure in contemporary dance. Coming from a fertile generation that emerged in France in the 1980s, Ms. Marin has never had an identifiable style and aesthetic. His work, which first […]

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2 stars join Bucharest Opera’s ballet company after clash

The crisis that has shaken the Bucharest National Opera ballet company in recent weeks has had repercussions not only on the international dance world, but also on Romanian politics. And ultimately, it was a government-brokered plan that paved the way for the return on Wednesday of the company’s two biggest stars: its artistic director, Johan […]

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Bucharest National Opera Ballet Company Collapses After Director Resigns

The resignation of Danish choreographer Johan Kobborg from the National Opera in Bucharest determined many dancers, including star ballerina Alina Cojocaru, to announce that they would be leaving the ballet company. The scandal escalated into a dispute between some of the Opera’s Romanian employees and the ballet company’s international dancers, many of whom came to […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet opts for silence in the face of the resignation of Benjamin Millepied

Emphasis is also placed on the visual arts, with in particular a new work by the performer Tino Sehgal which takes over the public spaces of the Palais Garnier. A piece by Mr. Millepied involves a collaboration with French multimedia artist Philippe Parreno, and “Bolero”, by Mr. Cherkaoui and Mr. Jalet, returns to the repertoire, […]

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Benjamin Millepied confides in his departure from the Paris Opera Ballet

Raphaëlle Delaunay, a mixed-race dancer who attended the Paris Opera School of Dance and danced with the company from 1992 to 1997, said Mr Millepied was right to raise the issue. “I never wanted to add to the controversy over the lack of diversity in our institutions,” she wrote in an email, saying she had […]

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Review: ‘La Nuit S’Achève’ by Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — Cries of “Thank you! and “Bravo!” broke out from the audience on Friday evening when Benjamin Millepied greeted the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet after a performance at the Palais Garnier. It was a highly guarded moment: a day earlier the opera had announced that Mr Millepied would leave as dance director […]

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Benjamin Millepied and the Paris Opera Ballet: one step too far | Ballet

Benjamin Millepied’s decision to leave his post as director of the Paris Opera Ballet was shockingly abrupt, not only because he has only been in the position for a little over a year, but because so much was promised by his appointment. Millepied arrives in Paris with big plans to revitalize the company’s repertoire. As […]

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Benjamin Millepied resigns as Paris Opera’s dance director and returns to Southern California

In a surprise reshuffle at one of the world’s most revered dance institutions, Benjamin Millepied said on Thursday he would step down as director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet after just over a a year, citing personal reasons and his desire. devote himself entirely to artistic creation. The loss of France will be […]

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Why Benjamin Millepied leaves the Paris Opera: “He tried to do too much”

In just over a year as director, Benjamin Millepied has shaken up the Paris Opera Ballet, in a way for the better. He brought Pilates and Gyrotonic classes to help reduce injuries. He featured dancers from the corps de ballet in his new works (even if that meant discarding the stars). With his Oscar-winning wife, […]

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Benjamin Millepied leaves the Paris Opera Ballet

LONDON — Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer and former New York City Ballet dancer who brought an aura of glamor and intense media exposure to the 335-year-old Paris Opera Ballet as director of dance, has said Thursday that he was stepping down after just over a year in the job. Mr Millepied, born in France, who […]

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Benjamin Millepied resigns from the Paris Opera Ballet | Benjamin Millepied

Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied has announced his resignation from the Paris Opera Ballet, just over a year after arriving with the promise of radically disrupting one of the world’s oldest and greatest dance companies. In a reportMillepied said he was leaving “solely for personal reasons” and to take more time to devote himself “100% to […]

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Aurélie Dupont is appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet made a quick return to French-speaking tradition on Tuesday with the appointment of a new director: Aurelie Duponta star ballerina who retired in 2015 after nearly 32 years with the company and her school. Her nomination makes her one of the few women to lead a world-class ballet company, and it […]

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The last curtain at the Paris Opera Ballet for the choreographer Black Swan

Benjamin Millepied rose to international stardom with the 2010 ballet drama Black Swan before taking the reins of the Paris Opera Ballet four years later. But now the French choreographer has announced that he will take his final curtain as the company’s dance director in July. The news came a day before the world premiere […]

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Wheeldon/McGregor/Bausch, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris — review

Music has been at the heart of Benjamin Millepied’s vision since he took over the Paris Opera Ballet, and it is starting to bear fruit. This mixed Christmas project was conceived as a tribute to Pierre Boulez, who turned 90 this year, and the French composer is joined on the program by György Ligeti and […]

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Review: The Paris Opera Ballet, under new management

PARIS — The new triple program of ballets at the Paris Opera — named after its choreographic authors, “Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Pina Bausch” — requires three completely different styles from its dancers. Yet the company’s dance in each of them is an immense pleasure: a three-dimensional texture, a lively dynamic and, most appreciable of […]

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A Chinese dancer breaks down cultural barriers at the Paris Opera Ballet

HONG KONG — When it opened its season late last month, the Paris Opera Ballet included the first Chinese dancer to be hired in its 346-year history. Lam Chun-wing, 19, from a working-class Hong Kong suburb, is an unlikely addition to the world’s oldest ballet company, a state institution steeped in French tradition. He has […]

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Benjamin Millepied on One year at the Paris Opera Ballet and the company’s new film project

Photo: Amy Graves/WireImage When it was announced in early 2013 that Benjamin Millepied would take over the Paris Opera Ballet from longtime director Brigitte Lefevre, something like a seismic wave hit the ballet world: Millepied was an accomplished choreographer, a former director of the New York City Ballet, and had founded a small troupe, the […]

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Reviews: Works by Rebecca Davis and Milka Djordjevich, and Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon

MASS Until Saturday at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea; 212-255-5793, lacuisine.org Choreographer Milka Djordjevich and composer Chris Peck share the poster for “MASS”, which started Thursday at the Kitchen. Their respective materials — body, sound — merge exquisitely in this hour-long song-dance (song-dance?) for three women on and around an imposing rectangular pedestal. […]

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Swan Lake, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, Opéra Bastille, Paris — the review

The Paris Opera Ballet is in transition. When Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Swan Lake was last seen in 2011, the injury-ridden race and exhausted corps de ballet seemed to signal that the company was losing speed and faith in the classical repertoire. Four years later, under Benjamin Millepied, the lake looks much happier, with new […]

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Paul/Rigal/ Millepied/Lock, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris — review

With opera seasons set years in advance, incoming directors are often faced with the daunting task of championing programs they did not participate in for selection. Benjamin Millepied has held this position at the Paris Opera Ballet since November. The company’s latest mixed poster brings together three commissions from former director Brigitte Lefèvre, and somberly […]

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Astana Opera Ballet well received in Italy

ASTANA – The ballet dancers of the Astana Opera received praise from the public and Italian dance leaders after performing “Spartacus” on January 21 in Genoa in front of 2,500 spectators. Opera ballet dancers from Astana to Genoa “Today we really enjoyed the splendor of dance presented by the ballet troupe of the Astana Opera. […]

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See the members of the Paris Opera Ballet dance on the rooftops of Paris

Media Platforms Design Team Prepare for dream overload as Benjamin Millepied (director of the Paris Opera Ballet and husband of Natalie Portman) creates the ultimate Parisian fantasy for Nowness – a perfect pas de deux running across the city’s rooftops. The project presents dancers Léonore Baulac and Alistair Madin at the Palais Garnier, headquarters of […]

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‘La Source’ by Jean-Guillaume Bart, from the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — A beautiful water fairy falls in love with a mortal, but this love leads her to death. Spirits watch humans mess around, sometimes intervening to benevolent effect. A magic flower makes people fall in love. Two women, one earthly and one spiritual, are potential companions for the mortal hero. Although aspects of these […]

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A proudly unsentimental Nutcracker at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — “The Nutcracker” isn’t a mandatory Christmas fare at the Paris Opera Ballet; it hasn’t been played here for five years. But this year, the staging of Rudolf Nureyev’s ballet is in full swing at the Opéra Bastille, although neither the decor nor the ballet are particularly festive. The Bastille theater is huge, cold […]

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The Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon presents Forsythe’s works at a festival

Mr. Forsythe disregards many conventions of ballet. The movement can be initiated from any part of the body, as it bends, bends and curves; the range of motion is both extremely extensive and detailed to the small point. At the start of the ballet, three dancers perform one of its most basic steps: a tendu, […]

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The Lyon Opera Ballet presents the latest works by William Forsythe at the Théâtre de la Ville

M. Millepied’s “Sarabande” is a very different work, but it also communicates something of the dancer’s experience. Four men (Tadayoshi Kokeguchi, Alexis Bourbeau, Adrien Delépine, Mathieu Rouvière — all terrific) move on to the Allemande and Sarabande from the Partita in A minor for flute, and to excerpts from the Sonatas and Partitas for solo […]

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Benjamin Millepied takes over at the Paris Opera Ballet

Although it’s only been three years since he retired as Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet, Mr. Millepied has been a force of nature in the dance world for quite some time. Handsome, with dark hair, blue eyes and, quite often, a shadow of a beard, he is also articulate, focused and persuasive, with […]

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The great tour of Natalia Vodianova at the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris with the new director Benjamin Millepied

When Napoleon III commissioned Baron Haussmann to replace the winding streets of his country’s capital with arteries of wide, stately avenues, the centerpiece of the project – and its most expensive building – was to be the Paris Opera. Occupying more than 120,000 square feet and twelve floors (including five underground), this temple of opera […]

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The return of the Paris Opera Ballet to Montreal lasted 13 years

Paquita had its premiere in 1846. Opéra de Paris – Paquita Download original Ballet de l’Opéra national de paris Photos: Christophe PeléChristophe Pele When the Paris Opera Ballet takes to the stage at Montreal’s Place des Arts on Thursday, it will be a momentous occasion. The last (and only) time the legendary company appeared in […]

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Lander/Forsythe, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris – review

It’s a familiar ritual at the Paris Opera Ballet. Each year, for the opening of the season, company and school parade on the stage of the Palais Garnier from the Foyer de la Danse, nestled just behind; like Berlioz Trojan March soldiers, partisan cheers greet favorite soloists and appropriately diademed stars. As director Brigitte Lefèvre […]

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The Lyon Opera Ballet dances a work by Christian Rizzo

Christian Rizzo last presented his choreography in New York in 2010, and the afterimage of this ravishing experience, at least for me, remains firmly etched. In “bc, january 1545, fontainebleau”, Mr. Rizzo has created an austere black and white landscape in which a series of repetitive angular positions are transformed into a hypnotic movement meditation […]

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The Lyon Opera Ballet has an American touch

When the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon invited New York choreographer Ralph Lemon to create a new work, Mr. Lemon made a bold request: two months with the company to rehearse and experiment. To his surprise, Lyon’s artistic director Yorgos Loukos said yes, granting Mr. Lemon time with the dancers that was rare and, he […]

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The head of the Paris Opera Ballet hails Japan’s “challenge”

Thanks to Louis XIV’s love of dance, French is the language of ballet and Paris has remained the center of the art for over 300 years since the Sun King’s splendid 72-year reign ended with his death in 1715. Yet for a company so richly steeped in history, the Paris Opera Ballet has earned a […]

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Brilliance in Montreal with a visit to the Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet will present Paquita, one of the “lost ballets” of the 19th century in Montreal in October.Christophe Pele Directly behind the stage of the Palais Garnier, Paris’ historic opera house, is the Foyer de la Danse. This opulent room, with its lavish chandeliers and gilded decor, was originally intended as a gathering […]

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The Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon offers a premiere by Rachid Ouramdane

The works by Maliphant and Marin on the program have long been part of the Lyon repertoire, and this can be seen in the ease and confidence of the dancers in their interpretation. Both are technically demanding. M. Maliphant’s ‘Critical Mass’, a male duet, was created in 1998, and is a manifestation of his interest […]

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Cullberg/de Mille, Paris Opera Ballet, Opéra Garnier, Paris – review

Much ink has been devoted recently to the lack of female choreographers in the world of ballet, but this gender imbalance is also reflected in the retention of past repertoire. The small club of women who made a name for themselves as creators of classical dance in the 20th century were often pioneers, from Ninette […]

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‘Le Pac’ warms up the holidays at the Paris Opera Ballet

A game of musical chairs leads to the meeting of a couple whose slow flame of attraction becomes the center of the ballet. At the end of the game, Karl Paquette remains seated, staring at Isabelle Ciaravola who turns around, very slowly, to look back at him. The eroticism of anticipation is what Mr. Preljocaj […]

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Sleeping Beauty/The Park, Paris Opera Ballet – review

This year marked the tercentenary of the Paris Opera School of Dance, and while celebrations of French style wrapped up last season, POB’s December programs both explore the company’s aristocratic past – although from very different angles. The Christmas special at the Opéra Bastille is The Sleeping Beauty. After a decade spent in mothballs, Aurore […]

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The Lyon Opera Ballet presents “Limb’s Theorem”

The fragmentation of our vision, the events continually on the periphery of the stage, the simultaneous proliferation where to first watch pas de deux, solos and small groups, is at first bewildering, then thrilling. Just like in life, there is too much going on; the eye must organize itself, choices must be made, something will […]

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Dance review: 3e Etage – the soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet shine at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

8-1-13-3rd-floor.JPG Laura Hecquet and Takeru Coste from the 3rd Floor: soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet. (Karli Cadel, courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival) BECKET – No special effects, no stunt doubles, no backgrounds, almost no dialogue and sometimes no music. That’s all some great dance shows need to thrill an audience. This is what […]

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La Sylphide, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris – the review

the world knows The sylph chiefly through August Bournonville’s ballet of 1836, carefully preserved in Denmark and in the repertoire of companies from Covent Garden to Saint Petersburg. the original sylphid, however, was French: a showcase for Marie Taglioni who was choreographed by her father Filippo to a different score and soon lost to the […]

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Marina Abramovic, With ‘Boléro’ at the Paris Opera Ballet

“Let me teach you a lesson later,” Ms Abramovic said. “I’ll show you how to bleed properly.” After Romaeuropa, they continued to meet whenever the occasion and performance times permitted. When Brigitte Lefèvre, director of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, asked Mr. Cherkaoui, a highly sought-after contemporary dance choreographer, to create a piece for […]

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Benjamin Millepied: the choreographer of “Black Swan” appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet

John Shearer/Getty Pictures Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Benjamin Millepied, choreographer and former ballet dancer, has been named the new dance director of the famous Paris Opera ballet. Millepied, 35, who is French but has lived in the US since he was 16, is probably best known […]

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Natalie Portman’s husband will direct the Paris Opera Ballet

Paris Natalie Portman’s husband, Benjamin Millepied, the “Black Swan” choreographer who helped turn Natalie Portman into an obsessed, paranoid ballerina for film and later married the actress, has been named director of the Opera Ballet of Paris Thursday. Millepied, 35, is a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet who left in 2011 to […]

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Benjamin Millepied will be the director of the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — Benjamin Millepied, choreographer and former principal of the New York City Ballet, will be the new dance director of the Paris Opera Ballet from September 2014. The announcement Thursday morning at the Palais Garnier by the director general of the Paris Opera, Nicolas Joël, puts an end to months of intense speculation around […]

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Happy 300th anniversary, Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS – Founded in 1713, the Paris Opera Ballet is preparing to celebrate 300 years of innovation, while continuing to transmit its classical repertoire. In this festive season, as always, the Ballet is a huge success. Whether for his 26 performances of the classic “Don Quixote” at the Opéra Bastille; the 21 nights dedicated to […]

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William Forsythe Revival at the Paris Opera Ballet

When “In the Middle” is played by other companies, this wary surveillance, this fear-masking bravado, is often staged as vaguely sulky aggression. But when the curtain rose on December 8 and 9 at the Palais Garnier, and Alice Renavand and Aurélia Bellet looked at each other with suspicion, we immediately understood what was at stake: […]

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A Shining Star at the Paris Opera Ballet

Ms. Gillot’s first choreographic attempts were in collaboration with her boyfriend at the time, Jiri Bubenicek, principal of the Czech-born Dresden Opera Ballet. After some success with these pieces at festivals and galas, Olivier Meyer, director of the Théâtre de Surènes (and husband of Mrs. Lefèvre), invited her to create a piece for a group […]

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Orpheus and Eurydice by Pina Bausch from the Paris Opera Ballet

The myth of Orpheus, although it has been told in many ways, is primarily about an artist and the ability of art to transcend. The heroic poet-musician Orpheus, after losing his wife, Eurydice, appeases the deities of the Underworld with his playing and singing lyre. They allow him to bring her back to the world […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater

The Paris Opera Ballet opened its New York season on Wednesday with an entirely French program. Each of his three ballets had music by a French composer, and each was created by a French choreographer. Serge Lifar (“Suite en Blanc”), although Ukrainian by birth, was for decades the ballet master and star dancer of the […]

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Giselle from the Paris Opera Ballet takes off at the Kennedy Center

With its sharp details and intoxicating immersion in the Romantic era, “Giselle” by the Paris Opera Ballet, which debuted Thursday evening, seems to come to us from another world. But another aspect of its genius lies in how this production, the most perfectly realized account of the popular work to appear at the Kennedy Center […]

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Paris Opera Ballet’s ‘Giselle’ is promising summer dance offering

Washington’s summer dance schedule may be on the light side, but now is not the time to resign yourself to the couch. (Reruns, really? I to know you’re more adventurous than that.) Keep those strappy heels and maybe a tie handy; get ready to pack watermelon gazpacho and a thermos of juleps in the picnic […]

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‘Phèdre’ and ‘Psyché’ from the Paris Opera Ballet – Review

If “Phèdre” represents the past, “Psyché” does not announce loud and clear its entry into the 21st century. Mr. Ratmansky, the Russian-born artist-in-residence of the American Ballet Theatre, is perhaps the ballet’s great hope. But those who expected great contemporaneity from his Parisian commission were probably disappointed. “Psyche” is a delicately crafted traditional-looking piece that […]

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Paris Opera Ballet dancers are performing in the Berkshires this week

Photo by Steve MurezAurélia Bellet from the 3rd Floor. BECKET – Performing in one of the oldest ballet companies at one of the world’s greatest opera houses can feel like a dream come true. But being in such a revered company can sometimes feel constraining, according to Samuel Murez, the artistic director of 3e Etage, […]

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“La Danse” behind the scenes of the Paris Opera Ballet

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman used to sneak in to see the ballet when he was a young law student in New York. Wiseman quickly became fascinated with “this beautiful form, which is so evanescent, so ephemeral and all the work that goes into it – and it’s over in a flash,” he said. Here Now […]

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At the Paris Opera Ballet: do you think you can compete?

PARIS THE stage at the Palais Garnier is bare and luminous. Eleven people are seated at a table in the empty section of the orchestra, frowning over their notebooks. A bell rings and an announcer appears on stage and officially introduces a dancer. For about three minutes, she navigates the technical minefields of the mandatory […]

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La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet: film review

I can think of few finer pleasures than watching great dances in movies. Could there be anything more exhilarating than a number featuring Astaire and Rogers, Gene Kelly, the Nicholas Brothers, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson? And yet, the sad truth is that most filmmakers don’t know how to present the dance – how to bring it […]

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Bonjour à la Nouvelle at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — Brigitte Lefèvre, director of the Paris Opera Ballet, did not let the grass grow under her feet when Wayne McGregor was appointed resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet in 2006. The following year, Mr McGregor was created “Genus” for the French company. , and the play was performed this month on a triple […]

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“The Dance: The Ballet of the Paris Opera”

Moving bodies tend to stay in motion, but almost never with the moving beauty and grace of Frederick Wiseman’s exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, “La Danse”. Wiseman has been making his kind of silent yet powerful documentaries for decades. “The Dance” is his 36th, following looks at institutions as varied as the Idaho […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet — Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter

Frederick Wiseman has been making documentaries for 40 years, taking a sharp look at a large number of social and cultural institutions. His new film, “La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris”, demonstrates that his skills are intact. While several of his documentaries, dating back to “Titicut Follies” in 1967, had a muckraking edge […]

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For the Paris Opera Ballet, a Nureyev production adorned with bells and whistles

PARIS — Has there ever been a successful — that is to say, not boring — version of the complete ballet “Raymonda”? Perhaps the original, choreographed in 1898 by Marius Petipa towards the end of his long career at the Maryinsky Theater in Russia, truly enchanted audiences with its medieval Provençal setting, romantic notions of […]