For four weeks in May, Paris Opera Ballet ran contrasting programs in its two homes: at the smaller Garnier, the POB premiere of Wayne McGregor’s “The Dante Project” and, at the Bastille, a program of three Maurice Béjart works from the 1970s. The McGregor is a coproduction with the Royal Ballet, where he is resident choreographer and where the ballet premiered in October 2021. The Béjart program revived works from the period of the choreographer’s closest association with Paris Opera, including the 1971 “Song of a Wayfarer,” set on Rudolf Nureyev. One program captures the past of POB’s contemporary ballet repertory, while the other suggests its future.
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading