Paris and the Rite of Spring

We flew to Paris to see a ballet, little did we know what an adventure these few days would be!

Le Sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) is a legendary work in the world of music and ballet. It was composed by Igor Stravinsky with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky for the 1913 season of Sergei Diashilev’s Ballets Russe company and caused not only a revolution in the nature of music and dance at the time, it resulted in riots during its premiere performance at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

The performance we saw was in the Palais Garnier with a stage setting of dirt and costumes that communicated the raw exposure and heat of the story. The choreography was by Pina Bausch and this work conversed with the music so effectively. It was absolutely spectacular and an experience that I am so happy we saw through.

Tickets had actually sold out months in advance but… after a little twist of fate, two became available on the only night we could both be in Paris. We went for it and walking into such a beautiful theatre knowing that we would see this work was truly something special.

Before and after the performance we had a little fun, siting on our little Parisian balcony to drink wine and talk late into the evening we arrived, exploring the city during the days, eating beautiful food, finding more wine… it was such a wonderful time.

Exploring the festive cheer and decorations in the Galeries Lafayette
The Palais Garnier
Finding seats – the orchestra getting settled and a sense of excitement buzzing through the audience
Setting the stage for Sacre in the 3rd part of the show
Red wine in champagne glasses and French cheese. Not bad for late night food foraging
Exploring Paris and its beautiful streets
Enjoying the heat of the Parisian autumn sun
Views over Paris…
… tranquil yet chaotic in all the right ways
We miss hills a lot living in Copenhagen – so heading right up to the top of what we could find was so satisfying. Now we were off to explore what could of Paris during our day of sunshine.

Paris; November 2017

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