Due to the strike movement in France but also inside the Paris Opera, all performances after 5th December were cancelled. For me, who was supposed to perform in Raymonda this December, we only did the very first performance on 3rd December, and then all the other 21 shows were cancelled. The employees of the Paris Opera have been very strongly against the latest retirement reform proposed by the French government.
My colleagues, the dancers of the Opera, but also the musicians, found a very special way to express their opposition: they prepared a short and open performance in front of the Palais Garnier.
Here’s a full length video of the performance, it is an extract of Nureyev’s Swan Lake Act 4. Apparently, the orchestra also played “La Marseillaise“, France’s national anthem, afterwards.