Dance in pas de deux

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Dance in pas de deux

Admire the dancers in the Second Empire splendour of the Palais Garnier or amid the Art Deco decor at Chaillot.

In Paris, dance is appreciated throughout the year in two bespoke locations: the Opéra de Paris (which actually encompasses two theatres, the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille), and the Palais de Chaillot.

The Opéra has been enjoying a real breath of fresh air since Aurélie Dupont took over as director of dance and set her sights on reinvigorating classical ballet and making that of the Paris Opera the very best in the world. The former prima ballerina wants to attract choreographers with a unique visual style to make her principal dancers and corps de ballet shine, both here and at its sister institution, the Opéra Bastille.

Each year, the Théâtre National de Chaillot offers a very international programme (Carolyn Carlson, Mathilde Monnier, Trisha Brown...) that leaves ample room for regulars like Noé Soulier, Thomas Lebrun and Kader Attoun, as well as long-running productions, often from the Avignon Festival. With an ambitious programme overseen until recently by the imperial Didier Deschamps (succeeded in 2021 by Rachid Ouramdane), Chaillot is proving to be the domain of choreographers.

Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra
75009 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 01 18 50
https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/visits/palais-garnier

Théâtre National de Chaillot
1, place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre
75016 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 65 31 00
http://www.theatre-chaillot.fr/en

Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille
75012 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 01 18 50
https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/visits/opera-paris