New Production! New Paris Opera Ballet Director of Dance Benjamin Millepied pays tribute to his masters, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, two truly great choreographers, both of Russian origin, who led the American School, and dance in general, to rarely attained heights.
The Paris Opera Ballet is all the richer for the inclusion of Opus19 / The Dreamer in its repertoire. This elegant piece, imagined by Robbins in 1979, is a variation for two dancers to Sergei Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto, portraying the daydream of a young man and his unreal counterpart.
The revival of Balanchine's Thème et Variations, to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, offers another facet of dance from across the Atlantic. This classical and virtuoso group ballet, one of the repertoire's most demanding, also pays tribute to the Imperial Ballet of old Russia and its most famous master: Marius Petipa.
Between these two masterpieces, is Millepied's Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward, a ballet that presents both the company and his overall project for dance at the Paris Opera. The result of an artistic collaboration with composer Nico Muhly, this highly contemporary creation also seeks to highlight the excellence of classical technique and its significance for dance today.
The cinema screening is hosted by Benjamin Millepied, Director of Dance at the Paris Opera
Apologies: We regret that due to a technical issue, the first 3 minuts of Part 2 (intro and interview with Mathias Heyman) screens in French without subtitles. The rest of the production is unaffected.