The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the most prestigious and oldest classical dance companies in the world. Its roots go back to the dances and practices of court life of Louis XIV. Originally, in 1669, the corps de ballet was integrated into the Royal Academy of Music. Today it is part of the Opéra national de Paris. With 154 dancers they perform over 180 performances per season. The dancers of the ballet have mostly been trained in the Paris Opera Ballet School, considered one of the best in the world. The ballet of the National Opera of Paris recruits very few from outside, which serves to maintain the unity of style of French dance. Notable dancers involved in the company include Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, and Sylvie Guillem.
Choreography, Set & Costume Design
After a dance career with Royal Swedish Ballet, Cullberg Ballet and NDT 2, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman decided to solely focus on choreography, often composing music and designing decor for his own pieces. Ekman created several works for NDT 2, including Flockwork (2006), Cacti (2010, nominated for the VSDC Zwaan Award 2010, National Dance Award 2012, and an Olivier Award in 2013), Left Right Left Right (2012), Maybe Two (2013), FIT (2018) and Four Relations (2020), and for NDT 1, Definitely Two (2013).
Ekman works worldwide with companies such as Cullberg Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza, Göteborg Ballet, Ballet de l’Opéra du Rhin, and the Royal Swedish Ballet. In 2005, at the International Choreography Competition of Hannover, Ekman was awarded first prize by the critics, and won second prize with Swingle Sisters. In 2014 created his own version of Swan Lake, receiving enormous attention worldwide. Ekman used 6,000 litres of water to create a real lake on stage. In 2015 he received the Swedish Medea Award for Inventor and Renewer, the German theatre award ‘Der Faust’ the next year.
Ekman is known for his fast paced timing, witty humor and clever transitions. He aims to create work that the majority can relate to and connect with. He creates pieces that both entertain and question the observer, aiming to surprise, and transform the atmosphere in the audience.
Ana Maria Lucaciu
Set design assistant
Strategic Adviser and Dramaturge
Paris Opera Ballet Corps de ballet
Marion Barbeau, Aurélia Bellet, Alice Catonnet, Silvia Saint-Martin, Ida Viikinkoski, Juliette Hilaire, Laurène Levy, Charlotte Ranson, Jennifer Visocchi, Claire Gandolfi, Marion Gautier De Charnacé, Clémence Gross, Caroline Osmont, Sofia Rosolini, Chelsea Adomaitis, Margaux Gaudy-Talazac, Mouget Shanti, Aurélien Houette, Allister Madin, Marc Moreau, Jérémy-Loup Quer, Daniel Stokes, Simon Valastro, Adrien Couvez, Yvon Demol, Alexandre Gasse, Antoine Kirscher, Mickaël Lafon, Hugo Vigliotti, Takeru Coste, Simon Le Borgne, Antonin Monié, Andréa Sarri.
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