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Dance and ballet in Paris

From contemporary dance to neoclassical ballet: there's something for everyone with the new season's shows in Paris.

This autumn’s cultural calendar features a packed programme of dance shows and ballets with a focus on modernity and wide-ranging appeal. On the programme: the most internationally renowned dancers and choreographers.

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The Paris Opera inaugurates its new dance season with the Opening Gala on 21 September 2023 at the Palais Garnier). As has been the tradition since 1946, this not-to-be-missed event begins with the parade of dancers from the Ballet de l’Opéra, to the music of La Marche Troyenne, by Hector Berlioz. And after the traditional opening, the Opera house throws the spotlight on three female choreographers: the Canadian Crystal Pite, and her creation ‘The Seasons’ Canon, accompanied by compositions by Vivaldi enhanced by Max Richter’s electronics; Marion Motin and The Last Call, the story of a phone call that turns a man’s life upside down; the Chinese artist Xie Xin with Horizon, a piece that ‘plays on illusions and mirages between natural elements’. And for people not able to attend the gala, these three choreographies will also be performed several days later, again at the Palais Garnier, from 23 September to 12 October 2023.

Next, the spotlight is on Jerome Robbins, the choreographer of the mythical musical West Side Story, with three works performed from 24 October to 10 November 2023, at the Palais Garnier: En Sol, to music by Ravel, and In the Night and The Concert, to the music of Chopin. A fine tribute to one of the leading figures of American neo-classicism. On 1 October 2023, the Théâtre du Châtelet takes on a more modern theme, with the Battle Pro Final, an international breaking event, also known as breakdancing, and a new discipline at the Paris 2024 Games. An exciting spectacle.

Cultural Olympiad

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As part of the Cultural Olympiad programme that runs alongside the Paris 2024 Games, the Théâtre Chaillot hosts the LRC World Festival of Electro Dance & All Style, an electro dance competition, a highlight of the dance scene, on 25 and 26 November 2023.

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