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New season at the Paris Opéra

Posted on March 4, 2014

The Paris Opéra Ballet has announced its programme for the 2014–15 season, with a repertory ranging from hip hop and Wayne McGregor to Manon and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

The ballet season begins on September 20 at the Palais Garnier with a mixed bill of Harald Lander’s Etudes and Willam Forsythe’s Pas./parts and Woundwork 1, both originally created for this company. In October, the company dance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rain, with the musicians of the Ictus Ensemble.

At the Opéra Bastille, Rudolf Nureyev’s Nutcracker returns for a winter season, while at the Palais Garnier the company dance Jean-Guillaume Bart’s La Source, a reimagination of the lost fantasy ballet created in 1866. The school of the Paris Opéra Ballet gives its annual demonstrations in December.

In February, the company dance the premiere of Pierre Rigal’s Salut, danced to a commissioned score by Joan Cambon with lighting by Urs Schönebaum. This is Rigal’s first work for the Paris Opéra Ballet: he has worked in both circus and hip hop, developing a high-energy style. Salut forms a triple bill with Nicolas Paul’s Répliques and Édouard Lock’s AndréAuria.

John Neumeier’s Song of the Earth follows at the end of February, while in March the company dance Nureyev’s Swan Lake at the Opéra Bastille.

In April, the Paris Opéra Ballet School gives its annual performances. The programme includes Léo Staats’ Soir de fête, Béatrice Massin and Nicolas Paul’s D’ores et déjà, Jacques Garnier’s Aunis and Maurice Béjart’s Variations Don Giovanni.

In April, the company dance Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon (known as L’Histoire de Manon in France) and Pierre Lacotte’s Paquita. In May, José Martinez’ Les Enfants du Paradis returns to the repertory. Inspired by the film by Jacques Prévert and Marcel Carné has costumes designed by the étoile Agnès Letestu.

Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée is at the Palais Garnier in June and July, while at the Opéra Bastille the company dance Wayne McGregor’s L’Anatomie de la Sensation, pour Francis Bacon.

Two guest companies will visit the Palais Garnier during the season. Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch perform Two Cigarettes in the Dark in September 2014. In January 2015, the Royal Swedish Ballet dance Mats Ek’s Juliet and Romeo, danced to music by Tchaikovsky and Anders Högstedt.

For dates and tickets, see the Paris Opéra website.



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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