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Paris Opera Ballet


Paris Opera Ballet


♦ Location: Paris – France

♦ Artistic Director: José Carlos Martínez

♦ Orchestra: The Paris Opera Orchestra

♦ Affiliated School: Paris Opera Ballet School

♦ Founded in 1661 by Louis XIV as the Royal Academy of Dance.

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Paris Opera Ballet 2023-2024 Season


Paris Opera Ballet 2023-2024 Season
Paris Opera Ballet 2023-2024 Season. Valentine Colasante and Paul Marque in Don Quixote from the company’s website. Photo by Julien Benhamou.

The Paris Opera Ballet 2023-2024 season at the Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille theatres is sure to satisfy both lovers of classical ballet and those who wish to see innovative 20th and 21st century choreography.

The full-length ballets – The Nutcracker (Rudolf Nureyev), La Fille Mal Gardée (Sir Frederick Ashton), Don Quixote (Nureyev), Giselle, and Swan Lake (Nureyev) – are joined by programs dedicated to Jerome Robbins and Jiří Kylián, as well as one that features women choreographers; Crystal Pite’s The Seasons’ Canon shares the evening with world premieres by Marion Motin and Xie Xin.

Highlighting contemporary dance for the Company next season is Ohad Naharin’s Sadeh21.



Paris Opera Ballet 2024-2025 Season


Paris Opera Ballet 2024-2025 Season
Paris Opera Ballet 2024-2025 Season. Silvia Saint-Martin in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling. Photo © Ann Ray / OnP.

The Paris Opera Ballet 2024-2025 season features the return of Rudolf Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty after a decade-long hiatus, dramatic full-length ballets, contemporary works, and pieces that are making their company premieres.

Launching the dance season, the traditional Ballet Parade brings together the students of the Paris Opera Ballet School and all the dancers of the Company. The evening’s program also includes William Forsythe’s Rearray and Blake Works I and Johan Inger’s Impasse which also comprise the triple-bill program that follows.

Rearray and Impasse make their company debut, the former a reworking specifically for Paris Opera Ballet dancers, the latter interweaving classical line with contemporary vocabulary.

The full-length classical ballets scheduled are:

  • Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, inspired by this mystery behind the death of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and set to music by Franz Liszt
  • Pierre Lacotte’s reconstruction of Joseph Mazilier’s Paquita
  • John Cranko’s Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel Eugene Onegin
  • Rudolph Nureyev’s The Sleeping Beauty, which has not been seen on the Paris Opera stage in over a decade
  • Manuel Legris’ (Artistic Director of La Scala Theatre Ballet) Sylvia set to a score by Léo Delibes

Along with a world premiere by Hofesh Shechter, the season will also see:

  • Play (Alexander Ekman), which addresses adults and wonders what we do with our childhood games set to Mikael Karlsson’s jazzy music
  • OCD Love (Sharon Eyal), a 2015 piece inspired by a text from American poet-slammer Neil Hilborn whose difficulty-of-loving theme will be adapted for the Paris Opera dancers
  • Appartement (Mats Ek), a look into the complexity of human relationships set to music by Fleshquartet

Source: Paris Opera Ballet



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