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. Paris will be hosting some of the most internationally renowned dancers and choreographers in a variety of styles, from classical ballet to contemporary dance and break dance.

Compagnie Blanca Li - Solstice - 2017 © JB Mondino

Some of the leading names in neoclassical ballet will be on Parisian stages this autumn. At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the National Ballet of Canada will be performing choreographer John Neumeier’s tribute to Vaslav Nijinsky, the world-famous Russian dancer and choreographer who revolutionized ballet. At the Palais Garnier, the acrobatic movements and pared-down beauty characteristic of choreographer Georges Balanchine’s style will be exalted by the superb staging of his ballet Joyaux, with costumes by couturier Christian Lacroix made to order for this production.

The Théâtre National de Chaillot is putting on some youthful and innovative contemporary dance shows this autumn. Blanca Li’s company will be performing Solstice, an organic show exploring the relationship between humans and Nature in our day, while, in Anne Nguyen’s show Kata, eight break dancers put on a superb display of stylized combat.

Hybrid and experimental dance shows will take centre stage at many Paris venues. Jérôme Bel, the French choreographer who has earned international fame, is presenting several works this autumn at the Théâtre de la Ville and the Théâtre du Rond-Point. The multi-disciplinary artist Jan Fabre will be staging his production Mount Olympus – an extraordinary 24-hour performance – on a single date at La Villette. And, if you’re in the mood for something a bit more light-hearted, a hilarious show called Tutuat Bobino pokes fun at the dictates of dance.

The Great Gatsby. Le Ballet will take the Folies Bergère by storm. And international dance sensation Riverdancewill stop off at the Salle Pleyel on their 21st anniversary tour.

The Paris dance scene will also take on exotic overtones in autumn 2017. At the Théâtre de la Ville, Turkish choreographers Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli’s show Dolaphurtles from the everyday to the absurd, while Akram Khan’s production Chotto Desh at the Théâtre des Abbesses takes spectators on a spellbinding journey to Bangladesh.

Autumn Festival in Paris

Festival | Show - dance | Show - miscellaneous | Show - theatre
from 13 September 2017 to 31 December 2018
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Every year, the public can discover almost 50 shows in various venues and institutions in Paris and around the Ile-de-France regio...


Show - dance
from 11 October 2017 to 14 January 2018
Bobino - 20 rue de la Gaité, Paris

This clever, humoristic dance show makes fun of absolutely everything, especially dance!

Balanchine / Teshigawara / Bausch

Show - dance
from 24 October 2017 to 16 November 2017
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier - Place de l'Opéra, Paris

Three iconic choreographers at the Palais Garnier


Show - dance
from 26 October 2017 to 16 November 2017
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille - Place de la Bastille, Paris

Verdi’s comic opera stars a buffoon-like hero

Third biennial of flamenco art

Show - dance
from 07 November 2017 to 25 November 2017
Théâtre National de Chaillot - 1 place du Trocadéro, Paris

The Théâtre de Chaillot presents the third biennial of flamenco art from 7 to 25 November 2017