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Jacobs School of Music will pay tribute to a black composer with an opera and a ballet

The Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater will host an event honoring renowned composer William Grant Still at 7:30 p.m. on February 4-5 and February 11-2 at the Musical Arts Center. Tickets are on sale from $16 for regular admission and $10 for student admission. The event will have two parts, an opera […]

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Turkish ballet dancer Bahri Gürcan trains young dancers in North Macedonia

Bahri Gürcan, former head ballet dancer of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet (ADOB), now trains dancers in North Macedonia, Daily Sabah reports. “I came here to represent Turkish ballet,” he said. “It’s really good that an artist from the Turkish ballet comes to teach at the State Ballet of North Macedonia.” Gürcan participated in […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet delivers Rite and Rhapsody

It’s easy to believe we know everything there is to know about The Rite of Spring. Vaslav Nijinsky’s historic choreography may have been lost after its creation in 1913, but in 1987 Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer crafted a reconstruction that has since become a staple of the repertoire – and that adds to the […]

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Marigny Opera Ballet revisits The Nutcracker with a new score and set from New Orleans | Events

Dave Hurlbert, co-founder of the Opéra de Marigny and its ballet company, has seen more than his fair share of “Nutcracker” holiday performances. He says he has a love/hate relationship with Tchaikovsky’s score. “I played piano for the San Francisco Ballet,” says Hurlbert. “I played ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ 47 times per season.” […]

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Gene Kelly’s Legendary 1960 Paris Opera Ballet Becomes Spectacular New Film

Image courtesy of Starstruck, Scottish Ballet and Marquee TV Gavin Smart Starstruck, a festive reimagining of the choreographic work of great American actor/dancer Gene Kelly in the form of a stunning new feature film, is released worldwide this week. In 1960, Gene Kelly was invited to create an original work for the Paris Opera Ballet. […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet performs Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendhal

Expensive and risky: three-act ballets are a major investment for dance companies. The Paris Opera Ballet spared no effort to ensure that its first novelty in 13 years, that of Pierre Lacotte The Red and the Black, based on the novel of the same name by Stendhal, would at least be spectacular. Some 400 costumes […]

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“Art transcends race”: the first Asian star ballerina of the Paris Opera Ballet

When Sae Eun Park auditioned for the oldest ballet institution in the world, her hotel room in Paris was so small that she couldn’t fully stretch her legs. A decade later, the South Korean became the first Asian ballerina to reach the top “star” – or “star” – rank in the Paris Opera Ballet’s 352-year […]

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Backstage at the Paris Opera Ballet Opening Gala with Chanel

Arriving at the Palais Garnier is an almost ecclesiastical experience on any given day, but especially on the evening of the opening gala of the Opéra National de Paris’ dance season. On Friday, guests climbed the grand marble staircase, a piece of theater in itself, which, with its 30-meter high vault, was dressed in a […]

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Samsun Opera Ballet will open a new season

SAMSUNG Continuing its preparations for the new artistic season, Samsun State Opera and Ballet (SAMDOB) is preparing to meet its audience with the first ballet premiere of the season. class=”cf”> He will open the season with the ballet “Karışık Hisler” (Mixed Feelings) with four choreographies, including “Amor Stella’s”, a work by the famous Turkish ballet […]

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Istanbul State Opera Ballet opens with “Fidelio”

ISTANBUL Istanbul State Opera and Ballet (IDOB) opened its new season with the opera “Fidelio” at Kadıköy Süreyya Opera House. class=”cf”> Fecir Alptekin, Senior Advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Kadıköy Mayor Şerdil Dara Odabaşı watched the opera which aroused great interest among art lovers. Speaking at the opening, IDOB Director and Artistic Director […]

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Park Sae-eun of the Paris Opera Ballet plans to become a big “star” in France

SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) — Park Sae-eun already rose to the top rank of dancers with the Paris Opera Ballet (POB) when she was promoted to prima ballerina last month. But the 31-year-old South Korean is aiming higher: she wants to be the brightest star on the French ballet scene. “I think I’ve reached the […]

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Dance review: “Body and Soul” from the Paris Opera Ballet – Dark and Potent Boogie

By Jessica Lockhart Body and soul generates a whirlwind of passions – joy, frustration, pleasure and rage. An online performance of the Paris Opera Ballet’s performance of Crystal Pite Body and soulpresented by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival until July 15. A scene from the Paris Opera Ballet Body and soul. Photo: Julien Benhamou. The […]

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The violinist performs opera and ballet numbers in her own language

SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) — Prolific violinist Kim Bomsori said Monday that her latest album aims to translate famous opera and ballet numbers into her own string language and present herself as a solo artist. His latest album, “Violin on Stage”, was released last Friday, with the German classical music label Deutsche Grammophon (DG). It’s […]

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The Cairo Opera Ballet Company will perform at the Cairo Opera House on June 10

File: Cairo Opera Ballet Company. CAIRO – May 28, 2021: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company will perform the ballet Zorba at the Cairo Opera House on June 10. The Cairo Opera Ballet company presented Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Cairo Opera House from December 23 to 29, 2020. Cairo Opera conducted by […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet is the subject of a racial toll : NPR

The world’s oldest ballet company is being raced. The Paris Opera Ballet works to update racist stereotypes and increase diversity. AILSA CHANG, HOST: The world’s oldest ballet company takes a look. The Paris Opera Ballet addresses issues of race and racism in its ranks and repertoire. NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley reports. ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: In the […]

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A star of the Paris Opera Ballet costs to follow her passion

HUgo Marchand, probably the most starred star of the Paris Opera Ballet, watches, shirtless and muscular, from the cover of his new memoir, Dancer (Arthaud), published in France last month. Marchand, 27, seems a bit young for writing an autobiography. While he rose through the ranks quickly – at 23 he was a star, the […]

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Opera Ballet Vlaanderen: Palmos Revue – hypnotic moments of connection | To dance

Palmos is a ballet that comes infused with its music – songs taken from albums by American artist Active Child (Patrick Grossi), who has also written two new tracks for the show. It’s a mix of electronic shimmers, ultra-minimal R&B beats and Grossi’s ethereal falsetto voice (he’s trained as an altar boy). But it also […]

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A star of the Paris Opera Ballet on Being young, gifted and successful

Hugo Marchand, arguably the most starred star of the Paris Opera Ballet, watches, shirtless and muscular, from the cover of his new memoir, ‘Danser’ (Arthaud), published in France last month. Marchand, at 27, seems a little young to have written an autobiography. Although he rose through the ranks quickly — at 23 he was a […]

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South Queensferry ballet dancer shines at prestigious dance school

Abbie Garmany, a 15-year-old student from Queensferry High School, has spent lockdown fulfilling her dream of standing out on the big stage by training with Edinburgh’s prestigious Festival Ballet School. She was accepted into the school’s part-time course, created by the famous ballet dancer, choreographer, director and Olivier Prize winner Peter Schaufuss, who during his […]

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Cairo Opera Ballet on tour in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour

The Cairo Opera Ballet began a tour on Wednesday with a selection of renowned classical ballets accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour. The shows, led by Artistic Director Armenia Kamel and Maestro Nair Nagy, kicked off in Cairo at the Opera House on Wednesday evening and will run until the […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet sends us an open invitation to all

As the Palais Garnier is still closed to the public for the moment, fundraising for the 2021 opening season of the Paris Opera Ballet can only be held digitally this year. But it’s all good news for us, because it means we can all now see ballet from the comfort of our own homes. This […]

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Responding to a new report, the Paris Opera Ballet pledges to make diversity a priority in the historic institution

The Paris Opera Ballet is the oldest national ballet company in the world and is steeped in tradition. For all its grandeur and prestige, ballet notably lacks diversity and until recently was among ballet companies with a repertoire that even included blackface. However, a 66-page report released on Monday shed light on the work the […]

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Watch the Paris Opera Ballet perform the work of this Vancouver choreographer, without traveling to France

Body and Soul, choreographed by Order of Canada nominee Crystal Pite, is available to stream via Digidance this month Acclaimed Vancouver choreographer Crystal Pite’s Body and soul was first presented on stage by the Paris Opera Ballet in November 2019, Vancouver dance fans should have boarded a flight to the French capital to catch the […]

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Discover Chanel’s costumes for the Paris Opera Ballet’s digital opening gala

Last Wednesday, the Paris Opera Ballet held its annual opening gala virtually, as is done these days. The event was initially private, broadcast by the ballet’s guest patrons, but is now online and accessible to everyone. Like all other ballet companies in the world, the Paris Opera Ballet did not dance its regular seasons. Out […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet did not let the virus stop the dance – WWD

The ballerinas kept coming and going, pouring in rows from the back of the stage, all in white tutus and surgical masks, walking gracefully in perfect unison. The spellbinding spectacle, which culminated with nearly 250 dancers in attendance, opened the Paris Opera Ballet’s opening gala on Wednesday evening, broadcast on a private streaming channel, with […]

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How to buy like ballet dancer Gabe Stone Shayer

Welcome to our How to Shop Like series, where we spotlight fashion industry personalities and take a closer look at their personal relationships with fashion and the way they shop – think of all the best fashion tips and tricks. insiders. This week we chat with a ballet dancer Gabe Pierre Shayer. On a ballet’s […]

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24 productions announced for the first half of 2021 at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

Opera Ballet Vlaanderen kicks off 2021 with no less than 24 titles. In January and February you can expect a new production or surprise from Opera Ballet Vlaanderen almost every week. They will start the new year online and as soon as it is allowed they will once again receive live audiences in theaters. Looking […]

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Opera Ballet Vlaanderen releases fifth video short

Opera Ballet Vlaanderen releases its fifth video short as part of #imaginationisalive. In the exceptional setting of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Antwerp, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui choreographs an intimate duet to ‘Pie Jesu’ from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. The video is online on our social networks. Second video short film by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui under the hashtag #imaginationisalive, […]

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The Greek director will lead the prestigious Ballet Academy of the Vienna Opera

The internationally renowned ballet director Christiana Stefanou is set to take over the management of the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera from August 1, 2020. The decision is part of a five-year master plan, announced on Monday June 29, which introduces a new overall concept for the facility. This includes implementing transparent and […]

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Krystian Lada conducts ROXANA’S SONG for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

Roxana’s Song is the fourth creation that Opera Ballet Vlaanderen presents as part of the Imagination is Alive campaign. Krystian Lada was partly inspired by the opera Król Roger, in which the confrontation between man and nature is a central theme. Composer Kasia Glowicka wrote a new orchestration for the music. The video is online […]

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Ballet dancers from the Paris Opera perform from bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens…

April 30, 2020, 11:56 | Updated: April 30, 2020, 12:01 Quarantined dancers film a brilliant Romeo and Juliet ballet sequence from home. Photo: Paris Opera From balconies and bubble baths to libraries and living rooms, anywhere is a stage for this brilliant lockdown performance of Romeo and Juliet. Lone dancers recorded a brilliant ballet sequence […]

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Opera Ballet Vlaanderen adds SADKO and MEA CULPA to free online streaming

Opera Ballet Flanders has added two new titles to its free online streaming offerings. From now on, the public can enjoy the opera Sadko by Rimsky-Korsakov directed by Daniel Kramer and the dance performance Mea Culpa by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in their opera house. You can watch these performances on the website: www.operaballet.be. Opera Ballet […]

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CANCELED! LYON OPERA BALLET USA TOUR and YAGP NEW YORK FINALS at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, and more.

As the pandemic continues to impact the world of ballet, I’m keeping BWW Dance updated on cancellations and postponements. This report concerns the Lyon Opera Ballet, which is canceling the tour in the USA and returning to France, as well as the cancellation of the YAGP New York Finals scheduled for April 2020. I do […]

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Ahmed Yehia of the Cairo Opera Ballet Company in the jury of the Italian competition – Stage & Street – Arts & Culture

Ahmed Yehia and his companion Anja Ahcin in Cinderella. Cairo Opera House, 2015 (Photo: Bassam Al Zoghby) Ahmed Yehia, a well-known Egyptian dancer from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company, will be among the jury members of the first edition of the Interdanza dance competition in Livorno, Italy. A graduate of the Higher Institute of Ballet […]

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Shaking up at the Vienna Ballet Academy after abuse scandal

VIENNA, AUSTRIA — The famed Vienna State Opera ballet academy announced a staff reshuffle on Friday, days after an official commission reported it was putting children’s welfare at risk. Academy director Simona Noja-Nebyla has been relieved of her duties, according to a statement from the Austrian Public Theater Organization. Noja-Nebyla was not sacked but her […]

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Vienna Ballet Academy removes leader’s power after abuse scandal

LONDON — The Vienna State Opera on Friday removed all responsibilities from Simona Noja-Nebyla, general manager of its historic ballet academy. The move came just days after an independent commission said the academy had put the wellbeing of its students at risk. The academy had given its students “insufficient medical and therapeutic care”, the commission, […]

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Vienna State Opera’s prestigious ballet academy ‘put children at risk as part of a culture of abuse’

Vienna’s prestigious ballet academy is putting children’s well-being at risk, including by encouraging them to smoke to stay thin, an Austrian commission investigating allegations of abuse said today. The scandal erupted in April when a media report accused Vienna’s famed state opera academy of inflicting severe physical and mental abuse on its students as well […]

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Ballet Academy encouraged children to smoke to stay slim, addressed them by first name and clothing size, survey finds

The Vienna State Opera Ballet School has been accused of endangering the well-being of its young students by encouraging them to smoke to stay thin, an Austrian commission investigating alleged abuse says in a report released on Tuesday. In April, media reports from the Austrian news magazine Sway accused the school of inflicting abuse, both […]

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Vienna ballet academy told kids to start smoking to stay slim, survey finds | News | DW

A special commission investigating allegations of abuse at the Vienna State Opera’s ballet academy found a general “disregard” for child protection at the school, according to a report released on Tuesday. “It is clear that children and young people are not adequately protected against discrimination, neglect and adverse medical effects,” the government-backed commission said in […]

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Ballet dancers from the Paris Opera hang up their shoes during a demonstration against pension reform

Published on: 10/12/2019 – 03:50Amended: 10/12/2019 – 03:48 When tens of thousands of French workers tore down tools and took to the streets to protest pension reform last Thursday, among them was a seemingly unlikely group of aggrieved picketers: ballet dancers from the Paris Opera . More accustomed to sliding on the stages to orchestral […]

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Crystal Pite takes on her biggest challenge yet at the Paris Opera Ballet

Canadian choreographer and dancer Crystal Pite, seen here at the Opera Garnier in Paris on October 8, 2019, is no stranger to pressure on the world stage.Joel SAGET/AFP/Getty Images It’s 9 a.m. at the Palais Garnier, the imposing home of the Paris Opera Ballet, and Crystal Pite is listening to Chopin alone in her dressing […]

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Choreography falls down the pecking order at the Paris Opera Ballet

What do we say of a dance company when the choreographers are no longer the stars of the premieres? The Paris Opera Ballet opened its season with a new work, At the Falcon’s Well, loosely based on the 1916 play by WB Yeats. A visual artist, the Japanese Hiroshi Sugimoto, is considered its main author. […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet launches the season ‘Pas de Deux’ Style – WWD

IT TAKES TWO: For the opening night of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, the director Aurélie Dupont was inspired by a “pas de deux” theme, offering the public a lively program of shows spanning the ages. A bit of something for everyone: flower-adorned tulle skirts — by Chanel — that bounced to the classic […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet returns with new surprises

©OnP The Rudolf Nureyev version of “Swan Lake” presented by the Paris Opera Ballet The 350-year-old Paris Opera Ballet will return to the stage at the Grand Théâtre de Shanghai, 14 years after its phenomenal debut in the city. The troupe will present two works this time. One is the classical ballet “Swan Lake” performed […]

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Vienna State Opera ballet academy hit by abuse allegations

VIENNA – AFP The ballet academy of the famous Vienna State Opera was hit on April 10 by allegations of severe physical and mental abuse against its students, as well as sexual assault. class=”cf”> The weekly Falter has published the results of a detailed investigation which it says revealed ’19th century’ methods inflicted on students, […]

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Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy launches investigation into bullying

Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy launches investigation after photo of young student with bleeding feet was published and students made allegations of physical and sexual abuse The Vienna State Opera has been rocked by allegations of abuse during its ballet Former students have claimed they suffered abuse during their training A former student posted photos […]

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Does the Paris Opera Ballet lack meaning? New works by Marco Goecke and Pontus Lidberg reviewed

The great ballet companies do not need an artistic policy to exist. Due to their size and history, they can usually move forward without clear direction. Yet the ripple effects are felt through the repertoire, as the Paris Opera Ballet’s latest triple program suggests. Almost three years to the day after her appointment, director Aurélie […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet drops Sergei Polunin for a homophobic diatribe | Ballet

Sergei Polunin, the Royal Ballet-trained dancer who revels in a reputation as a “bad boy in ballet”, has been kicked out of a production in Paris after a series of homophobic and sexist posts on social media. It was revealed last week that Polunin had been invited to play Prince Siegfried in the Paris Opera […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet abandons dancer Sergei Polunin after sexist and homophobic social media posts

ballet dancer Sergei Polunin found itself at the center of a controversy this week. On Saturday, the famous Paris Opera Ballet announced that it would withdraw its invitation to the 29-year-old Ukrainian-born Russian dancer to play Siegfried in an upcoming performance of Swan Lake. The reason? Several sexist and anti-gay Instagram posts by Polunin were […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet finds freedom in its Tribute to Jerome Robbins

Even ballet companies are looking for unlikely costumes this Halloween. Take the Paris Opera Ballet, where the dancers generally love their moody, sophisticated characters, but this week found themselves playing carefree American sailors. The occasion was Jerome Robbins’ company first Fantasy Free, as part of a tribute to the versatile American choreographer on the occasion […]

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A carefree moment at the Paris Opera Ballet

The dancers prepare on September 27, 2018 before the opening of the annual gala at the Opéra Garnier in Paris. Laughter, rest, tenderness: a relaxed atmosphere reigns behind the scenes of the Opéra Garnier a few minutes from the traditional Paris Opera Ballet parade at the Palais Garnier on September 27, 2018. This carefree moment […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet launches its season with public participation – WWD

YOU CAN DANCE: Audience participation isn’t usually the order of the day when you go to the ballet, but the season-opening gala at the Paris Opera has decided to shake up tradition. Guests were invited to join the Paris Opera Ballet on the stage of the Palais Garnier, where they were led by dancers to […]

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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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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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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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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 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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Few women are ballet choreographers. A program at the Vail Dance Festival addresses this.

VAIL — Lauren Lovette, in a star-and-stripe hoodie, track shorts and socks, stood in the Vail Mountain School gymnasium, silently feeling footsteps that would turn a poem into a dance. “Could you run a little here?” Lovette asked Miriam Miller, one of three dancers she works with, to create a new ballet that will debut […]

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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Retired dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company open their own ballet academy in West Michigan

Picture FileAkop and Gaiane Akopian, former professional dancers with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, opened their own studio, the Michigan Ballet Academy. GRAND RAPIDS – Akop and Gaiane Akopian were stage stars with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company until their retirement. Today, they retire their talents as teachers, choreographers and artistic directors. The married couple […]