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
Marie-Agnès Gillot (Raymonda), José Martinez (Jean de Brienne) – Corps de Ballet of the Opéra national de Paris