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.