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Les Etes de la Danse, Paris, 2020 - DNB & ENB @ the Renewed Chatelet

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the festival returns to the Théâtre du Châtelet

and present

Cinderella  • Dutch National Ballet

Giselle  • English National Ballet


For the first time in France, the Dutch National Ballet will present Cendrillon , a magical choreography by Christopher Wheeldon , music by Serge Prokofiev.     

7 performances from 2 to 8 July 2020 , accompanied by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra .  

English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon returns this season after the reprise of Un Américain in Paris . His work with dance companies such as the Royal Ballet of London or the Dutch National Ballet gives him the opportunity to create new ballets. It is for the latter that he climbs in 2012 Cinderella , awarded the Benois de la Danse for the best choreography. In this ballet, faithful to Grimm's vision, both dark and poetic, Cinderella is not necessarily a submissive victim, she carries her burden with her head high and with pride. And her half-sisters are not just stupid and mean. The choreographer does not forget the magic, essential to all stories, especially through his colorful costumes, his humor, the ball scene, the coach ... A show that will delight young and old!



Another French premiere, the English National Ballet comes to Paris with Giselle , dazzling choreography by Akram Khan , music by Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score of Adolphe Adam.      

8 performances from July 11 to 18, 2020

This ballet in two acts, composed by Adolphe Adam after a libretto by Théophile Gautier was created June 28, 1848, at the Paris Opera. Giselle is considered a classic romantic ballet, where the Willis, ghostly beings, ghosts of young women who are defunct, pursue their fiancés once the night has come to precipitate them into death.   

By transposing the plot into today's world, Akram Khan revisits this classic into a modern tale about migrants, mixing classical and contemporary dance. Giselle becomes a migrant, a poor factory worker and Albrecht, the son of a wealthy owner.

No forest for the second act, but a disused factory where the Willis are the ghosts of migrant women who have suffered and died there. Like the nineteenth-century Giselle, that of Akram Khan forgives the treachery of his deceitful lover and wants to break the circle of revenge, leaving Albrecht to live, but cut off from his community for the rest of his life. A mind-blowing show !

Edited by Bruce Wall

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