Ballet in two acts and thirteen scenes (1967)
Roland Petit’s first piece for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1965 brings together all the ingredients of a grand spectacle. The ballet was inspired by Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, with its colourful characters: the beautiful Esmerelda (Amandine Albisson), the touching Quasimodo (Stéphane Bullion), the machiavellian Frollo (Mathias Heymann) and the cynical Pheobus (Florian Magnenet).
With colourful and graphic costumes by Yves Saint Laurent and sets by the painter René Allio that recreate the splendour of the Parisian cathedral, the choreography, sustained by the ensemble of the company’s dancers, translates all the expressive power of characters plunged into a saga of love and death.
To mark the tenth anniversary of the choreographer’s death, the Corps de Ballet revives this magnificent fresco in dance on the stage of Opéra Bastille.