Press Kit

La Bayadère

Matinée « Rêve d’enfants » - Opéra Bastille
December 6th, 2015 - #revedenfants15
  • The Ballet

  • The Gala

  • Benefit Auction

  • The Honorary Committee

  • The Gallery

  • The Ballet

    Rudolf Nureyev’s last ballet, La Bayadère is a magnificent oriental dream and the choreographic testament of an impassioned dancer. Although a masterpiece of the russian repertoire, the ballet had never been presented in its entirety in France before its Paris Opera debut in 1992. The thwarted loves of the Hindu dancer Nikiya and the noble warrior solor, choreographed by Marius Petipa to music by Ludwig Minkus, were first revealed to European audiences in 1961 during a tour by the Kirov Ballet, the very tour during which Nureyev would exile himself for ever from his native land... until then, only the Kingdom of the shade – an excerpt from act iii, considered to be one of ballet's crown jewels – had been performed on this side of the iron curtain.

    Passed on by generations of dancers, La Bayadère underwent numerous adaptations before finally evolving into the work we know today. Drawing his inspiration from the version he himself had danced, Nureyev restructured the ballet to offer a performance in his own image: a brilliant and dazzling show of virtuosity enhanced by Ezio Frigerio’s lavish sets and Franca Squarciapino’s shimmering costumes, themselves inspired by visions of ancient Persia and an imaginary India.

    Always a resounding success at the Paris Opera, La Bayadère remains a feast for the eyes with its bravura pieces and its magnificent group movements.

    ©Agathe Poupeney / OnP Distribution

    Ballet in three acts
    Subject of Marius Petipa and Serguei Khoudekov


    • Ludwig Minkus Music
    • John Lanchbery Arrangement
    • Rudolf Noureev Choreography and staging (Opéra national de Paris, 1992)
    • Ezio Frigerio Sets
    • Franca Squarciapino Costumes
    • Vinicio Cheli Lighting Design
    • Fayçal Karoui Conductor

    Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet

    Orchestre Colonne

    © Sébastien Mathé / OnP

  • The Gala

    30th anniversary!

    Since 1985, the Paris National Opera runs a program in aid of children in difficulty, offering children from community centers and children's homes a chance to attend an opera or ballet performance at the Palais Garnier or the Opéra Bastille and making a grant to the Paris Opera's educational program "Dix mois d'École et d'Opéra".

    The matinee

    • 13:00

      Brunch in the Foyers Panoramiques of the Opéra Bastille

    • 14:30

      Performance of La Bayadère

    ©Christophe Pelé / OnP

  • Benefit Auction

    Benefit Auction

    In order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the charity event "Matinée Rêve d’enfants", presided by Laetitia Casta, the AROP organise in collaboration with online auction house Paddle8, a special auction with differents lots and unique experiences connected to the Paris national Opera, to discover this fascinating opera house and live magic moments with the artists, like attending a performance in the company of Stéphane Lissner, Director of the Paris Opera, a rare occasion to discover the roof of Palais Garnier with the “Maître des Clés” (Master of Keys) of the building, a tea-time with Laetitia Casta, a pair of Stan Smith Adidas Originals customized and signed by Benjamin Millepied...

    Auction opening from December 3rd 2015
    until December 17th

    About Paddle8

    Paddle8 is the leading secondary marketplace for art and luxury collectibles worldwide. Breaking down many of the traditional barriers to art dealing and collecting, the company offers both veteran and novice collectors a seamless online process to discover, sell and purchase works of art, furniture, jewelry and luxury collectibles through for-profit auctions, non-profit auctions and private sales. Servicing a community of more than 500,000 collectors worldwide, Paddle8 combines the taste and trust of a traditional auction house with the efficiency and global reach of the Internet to create a destination that makes it simple for collectors to buy and sell. Paddle8 is especially proud to partner with over 300 non-profit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions to a global community of collectors, helping each organization expand its fundraising results. Led by co-founders Alexander Gilkes, Aditya Julka, and Osman Khan, Paddle8 was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in New York, with additional offices in Los Angeles and London. Paddle8 is funded by the investors behind Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed, Paperless Post, Warby Parker, and Bonobos, among others, as well as art-world insiders including Rolf Sachs, Stavros Niarchos, Damien Hirst, Jay Jopling and David Zwirner.

    Stéphane Lissner, the Director of Paris national Opera

    ©Pierre Elie de Pibrac

    A moment of the rehearsal © gilbert et ganio

  • The Honorary Committee

    The Honorary Committee "Rêve d'enfants" 2015

    Laetitia Casta

    Florine Asch                                                       
    Paola d’Assche
    Fabienne Bazire
    Marina de Brantes
    Pia de Brantes
    Laure Darcos
    Lorraine Dauchez
    Frédérique Dedet
    Valentine Denjoy
    Karine Journo
    Caroline von Krockow-Lahame
    Angélique Motte
    Marie-Thérèse Rose
    Karin Rudnicki-Schlumberger
    Laurence Sabouret
    Inès Sastre
    Denise Vilgrain
    Julie Vuillième
    Yvette Lhuillier-Warnod

    "Ten Months of School and Opera" program receives financial support from:

    Fondation d'entreprise TOTAL

    Fondation d'entreprise ENGIE

    as well as generous funding from:
    Philippe et Karine Journo / Compagnie de Phalsbourg
    Aimée Dubos Chantemesse
    Barden et Flavia Gale
    Claude et Tuulikki Janssen
    Sabine Masquelier
    Ursula Naccache
    Alex Vannod
    The Eloise Susanna Gale Foundation

    The AROP thanks:

    Fondation d'entreprise Deloitte

    Sébastien Gaudard
    Saint Clair le Traiteur

    Radio Classique, media partner

    Artistic Balloon, Eric Chauvin et Disney VoluntEars for the Christmas brunch,
    Casino Groupe for the afternoon snack reserved to the invited children and Florine Asch for the illustrations.