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A choreography by Nicolas Le Riche

Caligula A choreography by Nicolas Le Riche


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Ballet in 5 acts, Argument by Nicolas Le Riche and Guillaume Gallienne.

First performed in 2005, Caligula is Étoile Dancer Nicolas Le Riche's first choreography for the Paris Opera Ballet. Intrigued by the complex and troubling personality of the Roman emperor, the choreographer evokes the torments of a frail man capable of loving the moon and idolizing his horse, a man impassioned by theatre and constantly playing a role himself.

Constructed as a tragedy, the choreography follows the inexorable progression of this solitary hero towards death. Accompanied by Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which illustrates the irremediable passage of time, the dance, in all its depth and energy, translates the poetry and the violence inherent in a life consumed at lightning speed by excess.


  • Directed by: Philippe Béziat
  • Venue: Palais Garnier (Paris, France)
  • Broadcast date: Feb. 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
  • Production date: 2010
  • Duration: 1 h 29 min
  • Production: An Idéale Audience Production, in coproduction with the Opéra national de Paris, and the participation of France Télévisions, CielEcran, Mezzo and MUSEEC/medici.tv


  • Nicolas Le Riche | Choreography
  • Guillaume Gallienne | Collaboration to the dramaturgy
  • Louis Dandrel | Electro-acoustic creations
  • Daniel Jeanneteau | Stage design
  • Olivier Bériot | Costume designer
  • Dominique Bruguière | Lightings

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