American choreographers at the Paris Opera
DescriptionFrom 1947, when George Balanchine's Crystal Palace was created for the Paris Opera Ballet, to July 2016, with the scheduled creation of William Forsythe's Blake Works I, the dialogue between the Paris Opera and American choreography has continued to deepen. Seen from Europe, American dance represents an ideal of modernity and liberation of the body, expressed through elements characteristic of the New World: among others, the dance modem, jazz and musicals.
Thanks to regular invitations to the most emblematic American choreographers, it has thus contributed, in its own way, to the opening of the Opera Ballet's repertoire towards a new aesthetic and choreographic language. With the help of chronologically organized essays, photographs and reproductions of models, this work retraces seventy years of exchanges and creations, underlining the plurality and vitality of this American dance at the Paris Opera.