“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 →

Last weekend’s Gala, first mask-free performance

On 18th October 2020 (Sunday), for the first time since March, we did a gala near Paris without masks. In order to do that, all ten of us did two Covid tests during the week before the show. We performed once again the program Joyaux du Ballet with the company 3e Etage, with a few... 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 →

“胎死腹中”

胎死腹中 is a Chinese expression translated as "Stillbirth" or "Fetal death during pregnancy" in English. Apart from its literal meaning, some people would use it to describe the failure of a project: The process of "pregnancy" being the preparation/working phase, the final product of the project being the "baby". You might be able to guess... Continue Reading →

Reviewing the confinement period…

The Paris Opera Ballet is supposed to be back into the studios tomorrow, after all this time: Confinement since mid-March, a short period of ballet classes back in the studios with social distancing until beginning of July, then summer vacation until now. Yet, the spread of coronavirus has not yet been controlled... with more than... Continue Reading →

Empty Versailles

After months of closure, the Château de Versailles is once again open to public. Among the visitors, most of them are now French locals. Most of the tourists from other countries don't have the possibility yet to come to France, making it an exceptional period for the French people to visit Versailles. The touristic attraction... Continue Reading →

Rehearsing in Rouen

During the entire confinement I have been working on a new solo with a choreographer friend of mine who lives in Germany through Zoom. It is a new challenge to create this way because the choreographer has only one single angle to see my movements and I have very limited space to try out the... Continue Reading →

Second phase of de-confinement in France

Tomorrow, on 2nd June, France is going to enter the second phase of the de-confinement. This means the the remaining small businesses are opening again. On the other hand, the parks and gardens reopened already this weekend, and I couldn't resist having a walk in one of them. People seemed calmer. The usual aggressiveness and... Continue Reading →

Lockdown is lifted in France!

After almost two months of lockdown, the French can finally go out in public again. The whole period of lockdown lasted from 17th March to 11th May. We are going through a major challenge, especially for the health professionals who have been under extreme pressure in the hospitals, but also for many other industries and... Continue Reading →

Confinement in Paris

The entire country goes into lockdown. After the French President Emmanuel Macron's announcement on Monday evening, from Tuesday at noon, going out is forbidden except for grocery shopping or emergencies. This lockdown will last for at least 15 days in France, all the public spaces are closed except supermarkets, banks and pharmacies, but it will... Continue Reading →

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