Approximate running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
This encounter between two great French composers and two choreographers from the New York City Ballet—its founder, George Balanchine, and its former student Benjamin Millepied—highlights the similarities and dissonances between them. In 1947, Balanchine paid tribute to the company and to the French tradition with his first production for the Paris Opera Ballet, Le Palais de Cristal, in which he choreographed an early work by Georges Bizet, the Symphony in C. Characterized by its architectural design and sense of dialogue with the music, this ballet is a model of academic virtuosity, to which the designers Christian Lacroix, an artisan of light and color, has brought new shape. Millepied’s third creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, in collaboration with the conceptual artist Daniel Buren, revisits the myth of Daphnis and Chloé. In the tradition of Balanchine, Millepied draws his inspiration from the rhythms and colors of Ravel’s “chorographic symphony” for chorus and orchestra. Philippe Jordan conducts these masterpieces of French music.
Presented by Brigitte Lefèvre
Director of Dance – Paris Opera