Contemporary Choreographers

Contemporary Choreographers
Opéra Palais Garnier

Until November 28, 2020

No dialogue


Opéra Palais Garnier
Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Capacity 1900 seats


1 hour and 40 minutes

No intermission



Recommended for all ages

No dialogue

Highlights: Contemporary Choreographers

This year, the Paris Opera Ballet's dance director Aurélie Dupont has invited four international choreographers to collaborate. Their work resulted in a creation of a fantastic show which is made from four completely new contemporary ballet pieces. It is a great chance to explore a contemporary creative ballet on the historical stage of the Palais Garnier.

Story: Contemporary Choreographers

The performance “Contemporary Choreographers” consists out of four contemporary ballet pieces, each meticulously created by one of the four invited choreographers. The first part was staged by Tess Voelker and Damien Jalet, two Belgian choreographers, who have already worked on Boléro for the House in 2013. They

will return to the Paris Opera to present their completely new creations with the music of Nick Drake’s and Koki Nakano. This part is followed by a new performance created by Mehdi Kerkouche, a twenty-three-year-old American choreographer, who has been working at the Nederlands Dans Theater since 2017. His piece will be accompanied by the electronic music of Guillaume Alric. The closing part will be the work of the French choreographer and stage director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He will plonge you into his vision of the hip-hop world under the music of Woodkid.


Shows Program

Clouds Inside
Choreography: Tess Voelker
Music: Nick Drake
Lighting design: Fabiana Piccioli


Choreography: Damien Jalet
Music: Koki Nakano
Lighting design: Fabiana Piccioli


Et si
Choreography: Mehdi Kerkouche
Music: Guillaume Alric
Lighting design: Fabiana Piccioli


Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Music: Woodkid
Lighting design: Fabiana Piccioli


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Opéra Palais Garnier

Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Opéra Palais Garnier

One of the most prestigious stages in all of France, the Palais Garnier was constructed between 1860 and 1875, designed by legendary architect Charles Garnier, who was selected among a handful of talented architects in a fierce design competition. The building itself is considered an artful masterpiece, and was one of the most expensive construction projects to come from the Second French Empire under the reign of Napoléon III. The elaborate use of different materials to lend a lavish multicolored facade was typical of many of the works under the rule of Napoléon III, and features sculptures of various figures of Greek mythology. The official inauguration in 1875 was attended by the Mayor of London and Amsterdam, the King Alphonso XII of Spain, and hundreds of members from European high society.


The interior was meticulously designed with intertwining corridors, alcoves and landings to allow for easy movement of large numbers of people; complete with a grand marble staircase and the grand foyer, acting as the drawing room for all of Paris high society and covered in gilded paintings. The auditorium itself is in a traditional Italian horseshoe shape, seating 1900. The stage is the largest in Europe and can accommodate 450 artists, revealed by the opening of the legendary painted curtain. Garnier himself designed the 7-tonne chandelier sparkling above the audience. In 1896, one of the many chandelier counterweights broke free and killed a concierge, the incident that inspired the scenes in the 1910 novel-turned-musical The Phantom of the Opera. The space above the auditorium in the copula dome was once used strictly for cleaning the chandelier, but has since been transformed into a space for opera and dance rehearsals.


The legendary building was initially deemed the Academie Impériale de Musique, yet with the fall of the Second Empire and the start of the Third Republic, this was aptly changed for the Academie Nationale de Musique, which we see written across the exterior facade to this day. Garnier envisioned his design and the transformation of the surrounding area, and to this day the opulence of the Second Empire lives on in this living monument. The avenue de l'Opéra remains the only large Parisian corridor without trees, as Garnier explicitly prevented Haussmann from adorning the street with trees, arguing that his Palais Garnier was to be the main focus. Palais Garnier became the official name in 1989 with the construction of the Opéra Bastille, and the venue now houses primarily ballets.


Fast facts
Capacity: 1,979
Handicap Accessible: Yes – in order to guarantee access to specific locations, we ask that you make your reservation at least 15 days before the performance.
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to the venue?

The Palais Garnier is accessible by the metro station Opéra (Lines 3, 7, 8) and Auber (RER Line A). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the venue weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the venue?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats. Please note that the performances at the Palais Garnier begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.

Is there a coat check available?

Free cloakrooms are available on various floors of the theatre. Travel bags and suitcase are not allowed.

Can I take photos of the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film or record the performance for the duration of the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful venue to remember your night out!

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! The Palais Garnier has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for close to 150 years. This performance series does not include any dialogs.

Is there a dress code?

There is no particular dress code. However, we do request that you dress suitably. On gala evenings, a dark suit is suggested for gentlemen and a dress for ladies.