Ballet at the Palais Garnier Paris

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I’ve always dreamt about attending a ballet at the Palais Garnier in Paris. With Benjamin Millepied taking over the reins of the Paris Opera Ballet this year, I’ve been dying to catch one of his choreographies. Milliepied’s ballet season is well under way here in Paris and tickets are hot property. Keeping a close eye on the Opéra de Paris website I managed to get two tickets for a Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine variation last weekend.

Arriving early to enjoy a glass of champagne take in the ambience and to explore the building before the bells ring instructing you to take your seat. The building, the décor and the details are spectacles and events in themselves. The three performances totally unique but equally impressive and I truly loved the Clear, Bright, Loud, modern feel of Millepied’s choreography. It was really a dream evening.

On the way out I noticed that the Palais Garnier was also hosting ’20 Dancers for the Twentieth Century’ the same weekend. A performance by Boris Charmatz where twenty world class dancers are invited to dance through the public spaces of the Palais Garnier. It seemed crazy to attend two ballet performances in one weekend – but an experience not to be missed, right? The ballet gods seemed to be with me as I managed to get some tickets at the box office.

So back to the Palais…what I loved about this event was getting so close to the dancers, to see their incredible physiques, the way they move and their passion as they danced around the stunning rooms of the Palais. I was so inspired by two young dancers who were performing on the grand terrace. Their energy, talent and attitude were so impressive…from ballet to hip-hop to voguing, these girls just made you feel like kicking off your heels and start dancing! Here are a couple of photos of Marion Gautier de Charnacé and Caroline Osmond performing on the terrace of the Palais Garnier last weekend…

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