Preljocaj's Gravity (Gravité)
Until October 29, 2020
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats
1 hour and 20 minutes
Ballet & Dance
Suitable for all ages
A ballet choreography that plays with the notion of gravity through corporal movements within the performance. Produced by Angelin Preljocaj, this piece is designed to draw the attention of the audience and leave you thinking how it is possible that the dancers can move in such a way that may seem impossible to others.
Director Angelin Preljocaj has a theory that deals with deifying the laws of nature regarding gravity itself. Gravity is what keeps the dancers on the ground and in order to break free from this empowerment the talented performers must shift to leaps and graceful jumps as well as have great balance in order to defy the concept of weight and speed. Differentiating from other ballet choreography which tell a story, this original piece opens the floor to endless possibilities in the form of research questioning the gravitational pool within the fundamentals of his recent work, Gravity.
Château de Versailles’ Opéra Royal
Categorized a one of the largest performance halls in Europe during its inauguration in 1770 requested by Louis XV, it is presently still admired as one of the grand luxurious staging in Paris due its lavishing décor composed of early century design. The ceiling above the room comprises of an exquisite form of art, something similar to what you would see in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy.
Opéra Royal was no ordinary room, it was prestigious among wealthy individuals who fancied theater. Hosting 1,500 people, only a specific number of guests were invited to view the best shows in Paris at the esteemed Versailles palace. Later the room was also used as a ballroom and a banquet hall.
After the revolution the Opéra Royal room was left whole but stripped of its 18th century embellishment. Altering its original appearance, the room is renovated and for official shows such as the opening of the Versailles museum in 1837. Renovated an inaugurated once again in 1957 after the Second World War by orders of architect André Japy, the room undertook a whole new look. In 2009 Opéra Royal opened its doors to spectators from all over the world and began to display an array of enlightened shows such as contemporary dance, ballet recitals, opera and classical music concerts. Presently it offers more than 100 performances per season in its golden room occupied with ostentatious chandeliers, surrounded by red velvet seating.
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Air conditioning? No
Where will I be seated?
There are a two categories available. The theatre is an Italian style auditorium, meaning the seats are in a horse-shoe shape.
How do I get to the theatre?
The theatre is accessible by the metro station Gare de Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche RER C or bus line B and 171 with final stop in Château de Versailles station. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre 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 theatre?
We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the show and present your voucher at the front desk. If you are staying in the city center of Paris, we advise you prepare your itinerary to Château de Versailles 1 hour and 30 minutes before the beginning of the show considering the location of the palace is distant. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats. Please note that the performances at the Opéra Royal begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.
Does the venue have a specific dress code?
For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.
Is it a show for travellers or French people?
Both! The Château de Versailles has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for many years. Preljocaj’s Gravity consists mostly of music numbers and dance, meaning the language barrier for audience members will not be an issue.
Is complimentary champagne include with my ticket?
You have the option to choose a ticket for Preljocaj’s Gravity with or without champagne included. You can enjoy your champagne before the performance.
Is a show programme included with my tickets?
You have the option to chose a ticket for Preljocaj’s Gravity with or without a programme.