Défilé rehearsal, 2021 Covid version

I can't remember the last time I went on this stage.... at least a year and a half ago. After the confinements, the renovation work, the strike........ the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet regained the mythical stage of the Palais Garnier yesterday afternoon, for a rehearsal of the traditional "Défilé". This will be, however,... Continue Reading →

La Bayadère 2020 – theatres remain closed in France …

During the past two weeks, the Paris Opera Ballet have been preparing for a "come-back" series of La Bayadère performances at Opéra Bastille. In French government's last press conference, Emmanuel Macron planned to reopen the cultural institutions including museums, cinemas, theatres and concert halls on 15th December. After almost an entire year without performing on... Continue Reading →

“Confinement” in France

Today is already the third day of the new lockdown. The government announced on Wednesday evening a confinement for the whole country for at least 4 weeks, until 1st December. Unlike last time, this time the restrictions are much more flexible. While the non-essential shops (including bars and restaurants) must close down, the schools remain... Continue Reading →

Curfew in Paris…

This photo was taken earlier this week, it is how the mythical stage of the Palais Garnier looks like now due to the renovation. It was indeed a good decision of the Paris Opera to do the renovation of the two stages (Garnier and Bastille) in this period of uncertainty and when the performance schedule... Continue Reading →

Gala in Anglet next week~

This weekend's weather in Paris is still unusually pleasant. I am entering my 10th year in France and in the past 9 years, I have never had a 28-degrees and very sunny weather in September. Normally by the end of August, we would already feel that summer is leaving and the weather slowly gets windier... Continue Reading →

Back into the studios!

After almost three months, we are finally back into the studios for ballet classes today! The different services of the Palais Garnier gradually return to work one after another. Because the company has to make sure that everybody is not sick and is physically ready to start classes again, each dancer must have a medical... Continue Reading →

Covid-19 in France

Yesterday evening, the French President Emmanuel Macron spoke for the first time on the national television about the situation of the Coronavirus epidemic in France. He announced that all the schools will be closed starting from coming Monday. Other precautions like telecommuting, limit travelling, economic assistance were also suggested. Before Macron spoke, there were an... Continue Reading →

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