Monday, 29 April 2013

The 300th Anniversary Gala of the Paris Opera Ballet School on ARTE

The Paris Opera Ballet School has for three hundred years carried on its mission: to pass on its traditions to future dancers. The French-German television channel ARTE last night broadcast the spectacular 300th Anniversary Gala from the Palais Garnier  in Paris.

It was Ludvig XVI, the Sun King, who founded the ballet school 300 years ago.

The evening began with a new creation, "D'ores et déjà", by choreographers Béatrice Massin und Nicolaus Paul, which combined baroque and modern style. The piece was set to music by Jean-Philippe Rameau:

A extract from Gounod's Faust was one of the other highlights of this wonderful evening of superior dancing:

Television director François Roussillon should also be congratulated. He and his team did a marvelous job in bringing the action to the living rooms of - hopefully - millions of viewers. 

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