Paris Opera Ballet


In Cinemas Screenings cancelled
Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera.
Mikael Karlsson
Alexander Ekman
Alexander Ekman
Approx. 1h45
  • A work as bright as it is subtle. Ekman transforms the Palais Garnier scene into a vast play space, where the dancers break in, animated by a contagious excitement. Lively and daring.
    Laurine Mortha, BACHTRACK

Ballet in two acts (2017)

"I like creating worlds that have never been seen before." - Alexander Ekman

A sparkling personality on the contemporary dance scene, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman works with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time. Trained at the Swedish Royal Ballet, he danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Ballet Cullberg before turning to choreography.

Ekman's language, both visceral and tinged with humour, combines theatricality and classical and contemporary vocabulary alike. Best known for the spectacular quality of his pieces with their dreamlike imagery, he fills the stage of the Palais Garnier with metallic structures, dancers suspended in space, elevations…

A performance charged with communicative energy, PLAY transports audiences back to the fun of their childhoods in a festive, oft-burlesque atmosphere anything but devoid of humour or profundity.

NB: These Australian Premiere screenings of PLAY replace the previously billed LE PARC, which was not performed due to strike action in Paris.


Screenings of this production will no longer proceed. Advance ticketholders who purchased online will be contacted directly by the venue to arrange a refund. If you purchased in-person at the box office, you may need to contact the venue directly to arrange a refund.

(updated 12pm Thu 19 March)

Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.

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