Paris Ballet 2016-2017 Calendar – Performed At Palais Garnier

With over 180 performances a year by the Paris Ballet Company, you can catch a performance during their long season that extends from September to July. There are two venues where ballets are staged — the opulent Palais Garnier or the modernistic Opera Bastille.

Just being inside the gorgeous Palais Garnier or Opera Bastille is a feast for the eyes, but add to that a performance by the top dancers in the field, and it will become a dazzling memory. The best way to ensure you get seats at a performance of the Paris Ballet is to book online before you leave home. Here's the stellar calendar for the 2016 – 2017 season.

Paris Ballet 2016-2017 Performances at Palais Garnier

Tickets to a Paris Ballet

Our favourite way of seeing the stunning Palais Garnier is by attending a ballet performance there. That way we get to see the building alive with people and performers.

The best way to ensure you get seats at a performance of the Paris Ballet is to order online before you leave home. It's easy and it's secure.


Featured Performance at Palais Garnier 2016-2017
    A seminal piece by prolific French choreographer Maguy Marin. April 25 - May 3, 2016.
  • Paris Opera Ballet School
    10 young dancers explore classical & contemporary styles. April 14 to 18, 2016.
    First performed in Paris in 1841, the ballet was inspired by a poem by Victor Hugo. May 27 to June 14, 2016.
    The prestigious English National Ballet will perform for the first time in Paris. June 22 to 25, 2016.
    Renowned American choreographer William Forsythe returns to Paris with three ballets. July 4 to 16, 2016.
    Four works with music by Philip Glass, choreography by Justin Peck, Tino Sehgal & William Forsythe. September 26 to October 9, 2016. Tickets go on sale May 31, 2016.
    Music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Brahms, Schönberg, set design by Karl Lagerfeld, choreography by Balanchine. October 22 to November 15, 2016.
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    Three works by the Czech choreographer with music from Mozart. Stravinsky, Vivaldi , and others. November 29 to December 31, 2016
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    This German company comes to Palais Garnier to perform William Forsythe's epic four-part ballet, Impressing the Czar. January 4 to January 8, 2017 only.
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    American choreographer Wayne McGregor's Creation. January 6 to 23, 2017.
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    Music by Ravel, choreography by Robbins, Balanchine, Cherkaoui & Jalet. May 2 to 27, 2017. Tickets go on sale December 6, 2016
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    See the ballet creations of these four Paris Opera Ballet dancers. June 13 to 18, 2017.
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Paris Ballet 2016-2017 Performances at Opera Bastille

Opera Bastille

The national ballet company of France is the Paris Opera Ballet. While most ballet performances in Paris are held at Palais Garnier, there are a number of performances staged each year at the national opera house, Opera de la Bastille, or simply Opera Bastille. As its name implies, though, Opera Bastille is better know for the operas it stages.


Featured Ballets at Opera Bastille 2016-2017
    See Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of Shakespeare's riveting drama. April 8 to 16, 2016.
    Experience George Balanchine's choreography with the Brahms-Schönberg Quartet with a newly commissioned work by American choreographer Justin Peck.
    See Rudolph Nureyev's stunning rendition of the world's most famous ballets. December 14 to 31, 2016.
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    Music by Felix Mendelssohn, choreography by George Balanchine, set & costume design by Christian Lacroix. March 9 to 29, 2017. Tickets go on sale November 8, 2016.
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About the Dancers

About the Dancers

The oldest national ballet company in the world, the Paris Ballet is also one of the youngest. That's because the average age of the ballet dancers is just 25 years and, because they are civil servants, they must retire at age 42, even if they are at the top of their form. That doesn't necessarily mean their dancing career is over. Many dancers are invited as guests by other companies. For example, Nöella Pontois made her last performance in The Nutcracker when she turned 50.

Most of the dancers at the ballet come from the Paris Opera Ballet School and enter the company at the corps de ballet level of quadrille. Each year, there is a competition to fill the few remaining spaces in the company. The annual corps de ballet exam also allows dancers to move up the ranks of the hierarchy: quadrille, coryphée, sujet, premier danseur, and etoille. Currently, there are 154 dancers, 16 premieur danseurs and 16 stars.

Etoile, or star, is used to describe a principal dancer in many ballet companies, however at the Paris Ballet, it is a prestigious title, and is at the discretion of the director. An Etoile must have star quality, and possess a certain magic that makes you unable to take your eyes off of him or her.

Paris Opera Ballet History

Paris Opera Ballet History

The roots of the Paris Opera Ballet go back to the dances and practices of court life of Louis XIV of the late 1600s. In 2013, the school celebrated its tricentennial.

Today, most ballet performances are held at the Palais Garnier, a magnificent theatre built between 1861 and 1875 by architect Charles Garnier. Its majestic gilt finishes and grand staircases were engineered to allow the rich and famous to admire themselves and others during the long intermissions.

A performance at the Palais Garnier should be on your short list of things to do. With over 180 performances a year, you can catch a show during their season that extends from September to July. Just being in the gorgeous Palais Garnier is a feast for the eyes, but add to that a performance by the top dancers in the field, and it will become a dazzling memory.

What's in Name?

Paris Opera Ballet Company

Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris is its official French name, and it can be quite confusing to distinguish between Parisopera & ballet — for good reason.

Since its beginnings in the 17th century, the name of the company has changed several times. In 1661, Louis XIV founded the Académie Royale de Danse (Royal Academy of Dance). Then, in 1669, Louis granted permission to form a separate academy for opera called the Académie d'Opéra (Academy of Opera). The following year, that company added dance to the repertoire, calling it the Académie Royale de Musique.

In 1713, the Paris Opera Ballet School (École de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris) opened. A century and a half later, in 1875, the group moved to its permanent home at Palais Garnier. The majority of ballet performances take place at Palais Garnier.

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What to Wear to a Paris Ballet

You'll want to look your best, as you'll be surrounded by chic Parisian men & women. Here's your chance to bring out your finest opera coat, shoes or pashmina shawl. Elevate your attire. Jeans & casual wear aren't your best choices.


Getting to Palais Garnier

Located in the 9th Arrondissement at Place de l'Opera, it is easily accessible by Metro, bus & RER.

  • AddressPlace de la Bastille, 75012
  • Metro — Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8)
  • RER — Auber(Line A)
  • Bus — 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 66, 68, 81, 95


Getting to Opera Bastille

Located in the 12th Arrondissement, on the Place de la Bastille, it's easily accessible by Metro, RER & bus.

  • AddressPlace de la Bastille, 75012
  • Metro — Bastille (Lines 1, 5, 8)
  • RER — Gare de Lyon (Lines A & C)
  • Bus — 20, 29, 65, 69, 76, 86, 87, 91


Security Update 2016

For security reasons, luggage and travel bags are not permitted into either Palais Garnier or Opera Bastille. We also auggest you leave backpacks in your hotel room. It's highly recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance.

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