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 year’s gala is particularly significant as it is the first time ballet dancers have been able to come together on stage to perform after a long period of absence.
This year’s program opens with the spectacular “Défilé du Ballet”, which features the company’s entire dance troupe and the students of the Paris Opera’s classical dance school. The entire Corps de Ballet surveys the stage of the Palais Garnier to the depths of the mythical “Foyer de la Danse”, paying homage to the great architectural vision of Charles Garnier.
This is followed by a series of short pieces, including Victor Gsovsky’s ‘Grand pas Classique’, which is a brilliant pas de deux featuring costumes by Chanel; “The Dizzying Thrill of Accuracy” by William Forsythe and “Into the Night” by Jerome Robbins.
The evening, which premiered on the 27th and is now available online, is made possible thanks to the exceptional support of Chanel, patron of the Paris Opera Ballet season, and Rolex, Watchmaker of the Paris Opera, and the generous donors of the Honorary Committee.
Watch the Paris Opera Ballet Season Opening Gala here.
(All images: Julien Benhamou)
This story first appeared on Prestige Online Hong Kong