Magazine article Dance Magazine

Paris Embraces the New

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Paris Embraces the New

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Paris is ushering in the first fall season of the millennium with a host of world premieres, refurbished theaters and new dance spaces. The French capital will showcase a vast array of international dance, ranging from classical to contemporary.

In 1862, when Napoleon III ordered the construction of an opera house in the heart of Paris, architect Charles Garnier set out to design an exterior as inspirational as its internal performances. Until recently, 150 years' worth of soot and grime had obscured the legendary Palais Garnier, which overlooks the Place de l'Opera. But on June 20, after two years of restoration costing $10 million, a glittering new Palais Gamier debuted in time for the Paris Opera Ballet's twenty-first century season.

Among the highlights of the 2000-2001 POB season will be the world premiere of Yamm by the young French choreographer Lionel Hoche October 22-November 7. January brings a rendition of Marius Petipa's Paquita revisited by artistic director Pierre Lacotte, well-known for his revival of La Sylphide. The POB goes contemporary in May with the world premiere of Jean-Claude Gallotta's Nosferatu. With this piece, Gallotta, director of the Grenoble Choreographic Center, says he "hopes to give spectators the chance to see if something can survive after the kiss of the vampire."

Paris's Theatre de la Ville will also open a new dance space and present thirty-five performance runs in the course of one season. …

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