Saturday, September 21, 2013
法國里昂歌劇院 / Lyon Opera House in France
The day before our vacation ended in France, K and I went to watch a modern ballet show at the Lyon Opera House.
I must say it took me some time to get used to the modern dance, music and setting, but after the initial adjustment, I was quite enjoying the ebbs and flow of the advant-guard performance.
Here is the modern ballet performance we saw at the Lyon Opera House: "Limb's Theorem" by William Forsythe. It was one of France's Heritage Celebration Weekend events in Lyon.
"..... Journées du Patrimoine 2013: Le programme des Journées Européennes du Patrimoine 2013 dans toute la France. Le week-end du 14 et 15 septembre 2013, les Journées du Patrimoine fêteront un double anniversaire : leurs 30 ans et les 100 ans de la loi de protection du Patrimoine ! Comme chaque année environ 16 000 sites publics ou privés seront ouverts au public... Consultez sur notre site le programme des journées du patrimoine à Paris et dans toute la France.... " Source: Le Parisien / Journées du Patrimoine 2013
* I took these photos in Lyon, France, on Sept 15, 2013
* Wikipedia: Opéra Nouvel
" ..... A first theater was built here by Soufflot during the 18th century. Nevertheless, the theatre soon became too small and the architects Chenavard and Pollet rebuilt a brand new one in a neo-classical style in 1830. At the beginning of 1980s, out of age and not meeting the needs any more, the Opera had to be renewed. A competition for architects was thus launched and won in 1986 by Jean Nouvel. The new Opera of Lyon was inaugurated in May 1993 and is now part of the international architectural heritage. Outside the opera house, Nouvel only kept the outer walls. He also dug new underground levels and added a semi-cylindrical dome that is used by dancers. On the opera house front wall, 8 muses have been kept in place (Uranie, the 9th one was removed to respect the symmetry of the building)..... "
* Wikipedia: Opéra National de Lyon
" ..... The Lyon Opera Ballet (Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon) has a "classical structure directed towards contemporary dance", with a repertoire of American postmodern dance, various contemporary dance styles and the jeune danse française (new French dance), but also including "the radical reinterpretation of some standard works". The current artistic director is Yorgos Loukos. The dance studio is situated immediately under the curved glass roof of the opera house. The dancers recruited by the ballet come from all walks of life and are of all nationalities.
The ballet consists of 28 dancers Alexis Bourbeau, Julia Carnicer, Randy Castillo, Dorothy Delabie, Marie-Laetitia Diederichs, Simon Feltz, François Amandine, Aurélie Gaillard Thomas Gallus, Harris Gkekas, Yang Jiang, Mariane Joly, Caelyn Knight, Tadayoshi Kokeguchi, Misha Kostrzewski, Juan Carlos Lainez, Franck Laizet, Sora Lee, Coralie Levieux, Karline Marion, Ruth Miro Salvador, Elsa Montguillot of Mirman, Julian Nicosia, Mathieu Rouvière, Raúl Serrano Núñez Denis Terrace, Pavel Trush, Agalie Vandamme..... "