Dance in pas de deux

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Dance in pas de deux

Go see dance in the gold decor of the Second Empire under a Chagall ceiling at the Palais Garnier or in the weighty Art Deco decor (Louis Sue) at Chaillot.

Dance in Paris is showcased in festivals throughout the year, with about 15 productions every year in Ile-de-France and Paris. There are two places to see dance: the Opera Garnier and the Palais de Chaillot.

A breath of fresh air wafted across the dance scene in November 2014, when Benjamin Millepied took over as the director of dance at the Opera (he's since moved on). Classical ballet has been reinvigorated in the capital, and productions at the Opera Garnier are nothing less than the best in the world. Highly visual and internationally acclaimed choreographers showcase the dancers both here and at its sister institution, the Opera Bastille.

The Chaillot National Theatre offers a very international programme (Carolyn Carlson, Mathilde Monnier, Trisha Brown, etc.) that leaves ample room for regulars (Noé Soulier, Thomas Lebrun, Kader Attoun, etc.) as well as long-running shows, often from Avignon. Under the very demanding Didier Deschamp, this is the realm of choreographers.

Palais Garnier
8, rue Scribe
75009 Paris

+ 33 (0)1 71 25 24 23

Click here to book a guided tour and discover the secrets of the Opéra Garnier

Théâtre National de Chaillot
1, place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris

+33 (0)1 53 65 30 00