Paris Opera Ballet School Production
Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris
Capacity 1900 seats
1 h 45 min
Recommended for all ages
Highlights: Paris Opera Ballet School Production
The gifted students of the Paris Opera Dance School present their greatly anticipated annual showcase on the stage of the Palais Garnier! Under the direction of Elisabeth Platel, seasoned director of the Paris Opera School of Dance, these exceptional artists present an assorted programme, featuring works from three captivating choreographers. Each of these dance numbers presents a unique aesthetic, combining the dancers’ grace and skill with spellbinding music of renowned composers.
Each year, this dance programme offers a unique experience for the audience, highlighting both classical heritage and contemporary creativity. The choreography of Roland Petit, Jiří Kylián, and Serge Lifar, combined with the music of Henri Sauguet, Ravel, and Lalo, transport the audience into a world of artistry, wherein the beauty of movement meets musical expression.
We are already looking forward to this unique performance!
Story: Paris Opera Ballet School Production
On the stage of the Palais Garnier, under the stucco and gold of this mythical hall, the students of the Paris Opera School of Dance perform three unique choreographies that showcase their talent.
The first piece by Roland Petit, entitled Les Forains, is accompanied by the spellbinding music of Henri Sauguet, and we travel to the cheerful and colourful world of a funfair. The dancers, dressed in shimmering costumes, move with agility and lightness in this merry piece.
The show continues with Jiří Kylián's Un Ballo, set to the enchanting music of Maurice Ravel. This contemporary piece highlights the technical virtuosity of the dancers, combined with fluid and expressive movements. The minimalist lighting and reduced set create an intimate atmosphere, drawing the audience into the emotions portrayed by these expressive dancers.
Finally, the evening concludes with Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc, accompanied by the haunting music of Édouard Lalo. This classical piece highlights the classical beauty of ballet, with precise and graceful movements. The dancers, dressed in elegant costumes, move in perfect sync, creating a visual symphony on stage.
Let yourself be carried away by the grace these students bring to the stage!
Opéra Palais Garnier
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: 1979 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
How do I get to the Opera Palais Garnier in the 9th arrondissement of Paris?
The Opera Palais Garnier is accessible by: Metro lines: The Opera Palais Garnier can be reached by Metro lines 3, 7, 8, and 9, exiting at the Metro stations Opéra and Chaussée d'Antin — La Fayette. RER subway lines: The Opera Palais Garnier is accessible by taking the RER A to the station Auber. Bus lines: The Opera Palais Garnier is accessible by the bus lines 21, 45, 68, exiting at the station Opéra. If you have any trouble getting to the theatre, our customer service can be reached from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to the Palais Garnier?
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Is Paris Opéra Ballet School Production for an international audience or French speakers?
Is there a dress code at the Palais Garnier in Paris?
There is no specific dress code, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire. For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress code tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, and jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear, and trainers are discouraged.
Is there a coat check available at the Palais Garnier?
Is tipping customary at Palais Garnier in Paris?
At the Palais Garnier, it is not customary to tip ushers.
If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?
The theatre doors close as soon as the curtain rises and reopen at intermission if the performance includes one.
If you arrive within 15 minutes after the start of the performance, you will not be allowed to enter the theatre and will be directed to an area with a television where you can watch the first part of the show. You will be able to return to your seats during the intermission if the performance includes one.
I bought Premium tickets for the Paris Opéra Ballet School Production and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal! You may see a pre-charge on your card, but you can rest assured that we will not charge your card until the booking is validated by the Paris Opera. After the tickets are validated, you will receive your tickets by email. Given the large number of requests the Paris Opera has to manage, this process usually takes two days, but can take up to six days maximum. If your order has not been validated after six days, it will be cancelled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.
How do I know if my seats are next to each other?
Tickets of the same category that are booked during the same purchase session in the same booking order on our website are always assigned side by side. To be sure of this, make sure all of your tickets are in the same category and are included in your shopping cart at the time of purchase.
For shows at the Palais Garnier in Paris, the seats are assigned in odd numbers or even numbers. Therefore, if your tickets are consecutive odd numbers or even numbers (For example: 1, 3, 5,…), they will be adjacent.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.