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Thierrée, Shechter, Pérez, Pite

Thierrée | Shechter, Zorn, Bach, Sawhney | Pärt | Richter

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“When I choreograph, it is the very act of creating and observing that connects me most deeply with the natural world, with the brutality and beauty it contains.” – Crystal Pite

Four contemporary choreographers come together for a program that leads the Opera’s dancers to a new form of modernity where bodies vibrate with intensity.

To open the evening, James Thierrée takes over the public areas of the Palais Garnier and introduces us to his dream-like world. Israel’s Hofesh Schechter, often lauded for his telluric, trance-evoking dances, offers a new version of his piece The Art of Not Looking Back. Spain’s Ivan Pérez occupies the stage of the Opera for the first time with a creation for ten male dancers. To conclude, Canada’s Crystal Pite returns with The Seasons’ Canon, a dazzling creation that thrilled audiences at the Palais Garnier in 2016.


Choreography, original music, scenography and costumes: James Thierrée

The Art of Not Looking Back (new version)

Music: John Zorn, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Nitin Sawhney
Choreography: Hofesh Shechter

The Male Dancer

Music: Arvo Pärt (Stabat Mater, 1985)
Choreography: Iván Pérez

The Seasons’ Canon

Music: Max Richter, recomposed after The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
Choreography: Crystal Pite


ChoreographerJames Thierrée | Hofesh Shechter | Iván Pérez | Crystal Pite

Number of acts4

Total running time3h00 with a 20-min intermission

Date of performance2018-05-24

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