Dance and ballet in Paris
From contemporary dance to neoclassical ballet: the best dance shows on the Paris cultural calendar this autumn
This autumn’s cultural calendar features a packed programme of dance shows and ballets with a focus on modernity and wide-ranging appeal. On the programme: the most internationally renowned dancers and choreographers.
The Paris Opera inaugurates its new dance season with the Opening Gala in September 2022 at the Palais Garnier. As has been the tradition since 1946, this not-to-be-missed event begins with the parade of 154 dancers from the Ballet de l’Opéra, to the music of La Marche Troyenne, by Hector Berlioz. A few days later, discover a world premiere by the choreographer, director, and video artist Lucien Alan Lucien Øyen. This is the first time he has been invited to create a work for the Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris. A unique show combining fiction and reality, from 20 September to 13 October 2022. Also not to miss at Palais Garnier is Mayerling, Kenneth MacMillan’s most famous ballet (from 22 October 2022), Kontakthof by Pina Bausch (from 2 December 2022 to 1 January 2023 2023) and the renowned Ballet School Demonstrations (from 3 to 18 December 2022).
Head to the Bastille Opera House to discover - from 10 December 2022 to 1 January 2023 - Swan Lake, ballet by the famous Rudolf Noureev, inspired by the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The Théâtre National de Chaillot presents Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart from 22 September to 1 October 2022. From 27 December 2022 to 7 January 2023, the classical masterpiece Casse-Noisette returns to the Palais des Congrès for a limited number of exceptional performances.