Les Enfants du paradis by José Martinez, music by Marc-Olivier Dupin

Isabelle Ciaravola (Garance), Mathieu Ganio (Baptiste), Karl Paquette (Frédérick Lemaître)... – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

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Isabelle Ciaravola — Garance

Mathieu Ganio — Baptiste

Karl Paquette — Frédérick Lemaître

Benjamin Pech — Lacenaire

Les Étoiles de l'Opéra de Paris

Les premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris

Jean-François Verdier — Conductor

Program notes

In 2008, José Martinez, principal dancer of Paris' Opera Ballet, choreographed his inaugural grand ballet, Les Enfants du Paradis

The choreographer sought to evoke the Paris of yesteryear, specifically the city of the Boulevard du Crime from the first half of the 19th century, which was home to artists, theaters, and cabarets. In a staging evocative of a cinematic set, the mime Baptiste immerses himself in recollections, recounting his encounter with Garance, his profound and unattainable love for a woman of remarkable beauty, the enchanting realm of the stage, the world behind the scenes, and the precarious balance between reality and illusion maintained by performers. Marc-Oliver Dupin's original score provides the musical backdrop for a choreography alternating between larger ensemble numbers and intimate love duets.

Photo: © Michel Lidvac

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