George Balanchine

George Balanchine - Paris Opera
Opéra Bastille

Jusqu'au 1 avril 2020

Sans dialogue

Lieu

Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacité 2700 sièges

Durée

2 hours

1 intermission


Détails

Ballet
Recommended for all ages
No dialogue


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A tripartite tribute to one of the 21st Century's most influential choreographers, George Balanchine combines three spectacular pieces of pure dance. Composers spanning three centuries of musical history are juxtaposed in this delightfully diverse ballet compilation.

 

Indulge in the Theatre in Paris Deluxe Opéra Package, an exclusive ticket package available even after standard sales for the opera are closed. Deluxe tickets come with a show programme, a glass of champagne upon your arrival at the venue, and exclusive access to the Opéra Bastille's beautiful Salon Berlioz, reserved for primary ticket holders. A result of our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association, the package can only be purchased via the Theatre in Paris box office.

Résumé

This trio of works by George Balanchine forms a tribute to the revered father of American ballet. Set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Concerto Barocco recreates in dance the spirit and style of the baroque period. The Four Temperaments animates music by a younger German composer: Paul Hindemith, who produced this ballet on Balanchine’s personal commission. An abstract reimagining of early Roman conceptions of personality, The Four Temperaments tells a story of human mood swings and temper changes. Last but not least is Serenade, in which the Russian-born Balancine paid tribute to his mother country’s master: Tchaikovsky. The first ballet Balanchine choreographed in America, this third piece in the triptych is a spectacular blending of Russian history and American influence.

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Opéra Bastille

Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

Conçu par l’architecte Uruguayen Carlos Ott, le bâtiment avait été commandé par le président François Mitterrand et fut inauguré en 1989. Pendant des années, nombreux étaient ceux qui se désolaient du manque de salles de spectacle modernes à Paris, capables d’accueillir des concerts et des créations modernes, avec différentes approches acoustiques et la flexibilité qu’un espace modulable offre. Un mouvement dans les années 1960 demanda un nouvel espace plus grand à Paris, qui plairait au grand public et qui serait un pendant à l’élaboré Palais Garnier. À peine 100 ans après l’inauguration de ce dernier, la demande trouva grâce auprès du président fraîchement élu, F. Mitterrand, qui a soutenu le projet en tant que tête d'affiche parmi les nombreuses œuvres modernes lancées au cours de son mandat. Choisissant le quartier populaire de Bastille pour son accès facile depuis Paris et les espaces entourant la ville, la vieille gare Bastille fut détruite pour laisser place à la construction de ce nouveau lieu. Le bâtiment fut achevé juste à temps pour les célébrations du bicentenaire de la Révolution française.

 

Le lieu a connu de nombreux changements d’orientation en raison des différentes affiliations politiques, ainsi que d’importants travaux de rénovation depuis sa construction pour réparer et pour insonoriser la structure entière. Contrairement aux autres auditoriums, ici chaque siège garantit une pleine visibilité sur la scène. Avec ses plafonds de verre transparent, sa structure gris métallique et ses sièges noirs ornés de chêne précieux, le lieu est une ode à la modernité et à la simplicité esthétique. Constitué de granit bleu de Bretagne et de blocs de verre, la lumière se reflète de l’extérieur aux quatre coins de l’édifice angulaire.

FAQ

Where will I be seated?

There are a maximum of three categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The theatre is an Italian style auditorium, meaning the seats are in a horse-shoe shape. Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed either in the orchestra, on the first level/mezzanine, or in the second, third, and fourth level lodge boxes to have an optimal view of the stage and subtitles.

How do I get to the theatre?

The theatre is accessible by the metro station Bastille (Lines 1, 5, and 8). 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 20 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 Opéra Bastille begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.

How long does the show last?

The show lasts two hours, including two intermissions.

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! The Opéra Bastille has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 30 years. This legendary opera performance is sung in its original Russian, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.

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 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!

What is included with my tickets?

A dedicated show programme, a complimentary glass of champagne, and exclusive access to the beautiful Salon Berlioz is included with your tickets.

Where do I collect my show programme and champagne?

At the Opéra Bastille, you can collect your included show programme in the main store, at the programme stand in the entry hall, or at the programme stand at the bottom of the Grand Staircase.

 

You can choose to enjoy your champagne or desired beverage before the performance or during intermission at any of the public bars or in the exclusive Salon Berlioz. The Salon is located on the first floor on the right-hand side when entering the building, accessible by elevators or stairs.