Notre-Dame de Paris

Opéra Bastille
Roland Petit
Maurice Jarre
Musical direction
Jean-François Verdier

Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera

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Photos © Julien Benhamou / OnP

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Roland Petit’s first piece for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1965, Notre-Dame de Paris brings together all the ingredients of a grand spectacle. The ballet was inspired by Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, with its colourful characters: the beautiful Esmerelda, the touching Quasimodo, the machiavellian Frollo and the cynical Pheobus. With colourful and graphic costumes by Yves Saint Laurent and sets by the painter René Allio that recreate the splendour of the Parisian cathedral, the choreography, sustained by the ensemble of the company’s dancers, translates all the expressive power of characters plunged into a saga of love and death. To mark the tenth anniversary of the choreographer’s death, the Corps de Ballet revives this magnificent fresco in dance on the stage of Opera Bastille.

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Artistic team

Ballet in two acts and thirteen scenes (1965)
After Victor Hugo

Music / Maurice Jarre
Choreography and libretto / Roland Petit
Set design / René Allio
Costume design / Yves Saint Laurent
Lighting design / Jean-Michel Désiré

Conductor / Jean-François Verdier
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris

Presented by Aurélie Dupont, Paris Opera’s Director of Dance


Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera


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