Invited by Gustavo Dudamel to participate in the 100th anniversary season of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Paris Opera Ballet, directed by Aurélie Dupont,
will perform for the first time in this amphitheater on July 21 and 22, 2022. On the huge open-air stage and accompanied by the LA Phil under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, musical director of the Paris Opera, the Company will present a anthology of his repertoire in front of more than 17,000 spectators each evening.
The repertoire of the Paris Opera is made up of classical (Petipa) and romantic (Coralli, Mazilier) works, works by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes as well as modern choreography (Martha Graham, José Limón). But it also includes neoclassical ballets (Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Kenneth MacMillan, Roland Petit, Jerome Robbins, John Neumeier, John Cranko), contemporary pieces (Pina Bausch,
Maurice Béjart, Carolyn Carlson, Merce Cunningham, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jiří Kylián) and many creations commissioned from guest choreographers or dancers of the Company.
The average age of the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet is 25, which currently makes it one of the youngest companies. The dancers enter at the age of 18 and officially retire from the Ballet at the age of 42 and a half. The Opera has long been directed by ballet masters, most of whom have marked the history of dance: Pierre Beauchamp, who developed and codified a dance system in the 17th century; Gaétan Vestris, Jean-Georges Noverre and the Gardel brothers – all famous 18th century dancers and choreographers; and finally Léo Staats, Serge Lifar and Raymond Franchetti, who revitalized the Ballet in the 20th century.