Paris Ballet 2018 Calendar – At Palais Garnie & Opera Bastille

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 exciting calendar for the 2018 season.


Paris Ballet 2018 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. There are other performances also staged at Palais Garnier so, if a ballet isn't available on your dates, take in a recital or another concert.


Featured Performance at Palais Garnier 2018
    Music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by John Cranko and story from Pushkin's novel about a Saint Petersburg dandy, Eugene Onegin.
    February 9 to March 7, 2018
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    Choreographer Pina Bausch explores Christoph Gluck's opera and explores the intimate relationship between movement and dance.
    March 26 to April 6, 2018
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    See three ballets from contemporary Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, set to music by Bartok, Beethoven and Schonberg.
    April 27 to May 12, 2018
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    Here's a chance to catch three works by three sought-after contemporary choreographers — Crystal Pite's The Season's Canon, Ivan Pérez's debut work, and Hofesh Shechter's, The Art of Not Looking Back. Before the show is James Thierrée's performance in the public spaces of Palais Garnier.
    Music by Bartok, Beethove
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    Created in 1789, this two-act comic ballet is the oldest ballet in the classical repertoire. Jean Dauberval's work unfolds with captivating choreography by Frederick Ashton in 1960.
    June 25 to July 13, 2018
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Paris Ballet 2018 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 known for the operas it stages.


Featured Ballets at Opera Bastille 2018
    This four-act ballet was first performed in 1871 in St. Petersburg by the Bolshoi Ballet. See the Paris Ballet's rendition with choreography by Rudolph Nureyev.
    December 9 to January 6, 2018
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    Love, seduction are the major themes in these highly anticipated ballets from choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Maurice Bejart. Music by Ravel.
    February to March, 2018
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    French composer Hector Berlioz's choral symphonic adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet was first performed in 1839. Choreographer Sasha Waltz has added ballet for a dynamic presentation of the star-crossed lovers tragic tale.
    April 6 to May 4, 2018
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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 etoile. 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 Opéra, 75009
  • 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

For security reasons, luggage and travel bags are not permitted into either Palais Garnier or Opera Bastille. We also suggest 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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