Opera ballet

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 21st-century reputation for fostering the best in modern dance. Part of the credit certainly goes to its dance director Brigitte Lefèvre, who is retiring this year after nearly two decades at the helm of the company.

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