There is only one Paris Opéra Ballet—and it gave the world Giselle, which was shown in June 2012 for the first time by the company in Chicago.
Listen in to a discussion of the ballet with Paris Opéra Ballet director Brigitte Lefèvre and Jennifer Homans, best-selling author of Apollo's Angels, "the definitive history of the most impossibly fantastic art form, ballet," according to the New York Times Review of Books. The two-part program describes the origins of ballet at the court of Louis XIV as well as the challenges facing the Paris Opera Ballet now.
The program is made possible thanks to the Harris Theater of Music and Dance, the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Chicago, and the Jean Bodfish Brown Fund.
The Jean Bodfish Brown Fund celebrates the spirit and honors the memory of Jean Bodfish Brown by funding a program featuring an exceptional French artist or institution every year. Jean Bodfish Brown was president of the Alliance Française de Chicago from 1990 to 1992. Before her untimely passing in 1993 at age 52, she was an active and dedicated Alliance member, serving on the Board of Directors in various capacities. We recognize her generosity and contribution in helping to make the Alliance the model cultural institution it is today.
Recorded Monday, June 25, 2012 at Alliance Française de Chicago.