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, the principal dancer José Martinez choreographed his first grand ballet, Les Enfants du Paradis.

The choreographer brings the Paris of yesteryear back to life: the city of the Boulevard du Crime from the first half of the 19th century, with its artists, theaters, and cabarets. In a staging reminiscent of a movie set, the mime Baptiste bathes in his memories, tell about his encounter with Garance, his impossible love for a marvelous yet unattainable woman, the magical universe of the stage, life behind the scenes, and the tenuous line performers maintain between reality and illusion. 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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