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“Caligula” comes to on February 8

Caligula, a ballet choreographed by Nicolas Le Riche – the former principal dancer, or “étoile,” of the Paris Opera Ballet – will be the first dance work to receive a live webcast at when it debuts on Tuesday, February 8 at 6:30pm GMT.  The webcast will be available in the U.S. via delayed streaming on February 9, after which it will be available at for viewing on demand until May 8.  The performance by the Paris Opera Ballet, featuring the charismatic Stéphane Bullion in the title role, will take place in Paris’s Palais Garnier, where Caligula opened on January 31 and is slated to run through February 24.  Inspired by the life of the notorious Roman emperor, Caligula is set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
First performed in 2005, Caligula is Le Riche’s first choreography for the Paris Opera Ballet.  Intrigued by the complex and troubling personality of the Roman emperor, the choreographer evokes the torments of a frail man capable of loving the moon and idolizing his horse, a man impassioned by theater and constantly playing a role himself.  Constructed as a tragedy, the choreography follows the inexorable progression of this solitary hero towards death.  Accompanied by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which illustrates the irremediable passage of time, the dance, in all its depth and energy, translates the poetry and the violence inherent in a life consumed at lightning speed by excess.
CALIGULA: Stéphane Bullion
LUNE: Clairemarie Osta
MNESTER: Nicolas Paul
CHAEREA: Aurelien Houette
INCITATUS: Mathias Heymann
CAESONIA: Eleonora Abbagnato
Choreography by Nicolas Le Riche
Dramaturgy by Guillaume Gallienne
Paris Opera Orchestra conducted by Frédéric Laroque
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An hour-long documentary about “Maya Plisetskaya: Diva of Dance”

A half-hour documentary on Marcia Haydée’s choreography for Giselle

Behind the scenes documentary at Stuttgart Ballet’s production of On Your Toes

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