Press Kit

Opening Gala 17/18 season

Palais Garnier
September 21st, 2017 - #galaonp2017
  • The performance

  • The Gala

  • The Honorary Committee

  • The performance


    The Paris Opera Ballet season opens with a unique and henceforth regular event: an exceptional gala bringing together the Étoiles, the Premiers Danseurs and the entire Corps de Ballet, not forgetting the pupils of the Ballet School.
    The dazzling programme includes the sumptuous Défilé du Ballet which opens up the stage to include the Foyer de la Danse, paying handsome tribute to Charles Garnier’s architectural intentions. Two new works join the repertoire to accompany George Balanchine’s Diamants, the choreographer’s tribute to the Russian school of dance: Hans van Manen’s Trois Gnossiennes and Faun by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, mysterious and delicate pas de deux where emotion flows out of music and movement. An evening that celebrates the talent and technique of the Company’s dancers.

    © Didier Plowy

    Défilé du Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

    Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet
    with the participation of the Ballet School

    Trois Gnossiennes

    • Erik Satie Music
    • Hans van Manen Choreography and Set Design
    • Joop Stokvis, Hans van Manen Costume Design
    • Jan Hofstra Light Design


    • Claude Debussy Music
    • Nitin Sawhney Additional music
    • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Choreography
    • Hussein Chalayan Costume design
    • Adam Carré Light design

    Diamants (Excerpt from Joyaux)

    • Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski (Symphonie n° 3 en ré majeur, op. 29, extraits) Music
    • George Balanchine Choreography
    • Christian Lacroix Set and Costume Design
    • Jennifer Tipton Light Design

    Conductor : Vello Pähn
    Pasdeloup Orchestra

  • The Gala

    The Schedule

    • 18:30

      Opening and reception on the main steps of the Palais Garnier

    • 19:30

      "Défilé" followed by Faun by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

    • 20:15

      Intermission cocktail

    • 20:45

      Trois Gnossiennes by Hans van Manen, followed by Diamants by George Balanchine

    • 22:00

      Gala supper in the Foyers of the Palais Garnier with the artists

    • 23:30


    Cocktail served during the intermission
    Black tie, long dress

    Schedules subject to change

    The gala evening is a fundraising event organised to support the Ballet of the Paris national Opera.

    @ David Atlan

  • The Honorary Committee

    Partner of the Opening Gala

    Exclusive Timepiece of the Paris Opera


    Madame Donna Corbat
    Madame Karine Journo
    Monsieur Cyril Karaoglan
    Madame Kinga Lampert


    Monsieur Étienne Binant
    Monsieur Sébastien Grandin
    Monsieur et Madame Wafic Saïd

    The Lampert Foundation


    Monsieur et Madame Sébastien Breteau
    Monsieur et Madame Jean Burelle
    Monsieur Alexandre Col
    Monsieur et Madame Bertrand Ferrier
    Monsieur et Madame Fahed Hariri
    Monsieur et Madame Taher Helmy
    Monsieur Pascal Houzelot
    Monsieur et Madame Rafic Saïd
    Monsieur et Madame Antoine Winckler





    Monsieur Jean-Louis Beffa
    Monsieur Alex Bouzari
    Madame Olivia Flatto
    Monsieur et Madame Barden N. Gale
    Monsieur et Madame Claude Janssen
    Docteur Léone Noëlle Meyer
    Madame Nada Mikati
    Madame Linda Pinto
    Monsieur Olivier Richard
    Monsieur Philippe Villin

    Monsieur Thomas Andriveau
    Monsieur Jad Ariss
    Monsieur Gilbert Bléas
    Monsieur et Madame Samuel Bucciacchio
    Monsieur Laurent Faugérolas
    Monsieur Sébastien Gaudard
    Monsieur Michel Germain
    Monsieur et Madame Jean-Claude Meyer
    Monsieur Emmanuel Moret
    Madame Dominique Plassart
    Monsieur et Madame Louis Schweitzer
    Monsieur et Madame Akiko Usui
    Madame Catherine Vaillant

    Madame Nicole Degbo
    Monsieur et Madame Olivier Delouis
    Madame Simony Denegri
    Monsieur et Madame Claude Eliette-Hermann
    Monsieur Frédéric Fontan de Gouvion Saint-Cyr
    Madame Maureen Footer
    Comte Hervé de Gouvion Saint-Cyr
    Madame Eugénia Grandchamp des Raux
    Monsieur et Madame Marc Henry
    Madame Mami Ikeda
    Madame Jana Jagoe
    Monsieur et Madame John Kososki
    Maître Edouard de Lamaze
    Monsieur et Madame Maurice Lantourne
    Madame Hélène Lorsolo
    Monsieur Pascal Macioce
    Monsieur Andrew J. Martin-Weber
    Monsieur Thong Nguyen
    Monsieur et Madame Daniel Rudnicki
    Monsieur et Madame Raoul Salomon
    Madame Evelyne Sevin
    Monsieur Thierry Sueur
    Madame Béatrice Thomas
    Monsieur Hal J. Witt
    Madame Liana Yaroslavsky

    List edited on September 6th, 2017
    Some of the Committee members have chosen to remain anonymous.

    The Paris Opera is particularly keen to thank the donors who support generously the Ballet throughout the season* :

    Monsieur et Madame Philippe Beaufour

    Monsieur et Madame Gianmarco Monsellato
    Madame Valérie Bernis
    Monsieur et Madame Mickey Boël
    Monsieur et Madame Olivier Gayno
    Madame Marie Lescure
    Monsieur Olivier Richard
    Monsieur et Madame Christian Schlumberger
    Madame Jean-François Théodore

    *Some of the donors have chosen to remain anonymous.