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Talk | The Paris Opera & Ballet: Play

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Presented on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:30pm ET

In English

For his first commission from the The Paris Opera & Ballet choreographer Alexander Ekman created the aptly titled Play.

Set to Mikael Karlsson‘s original score, this joyful exploration of movement turns the Paris Opera stage into a giant playground where dancers emulate loping deer, dive into a pool of 40,000 green balls, and push the boundaries of the form. Brimming with humor as well as depth, Play reacquaints us with our inner child in a profound examination of the human spirit.

FIAF, in collaboration with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet, brings you exclusive access to stream the performance from Monday, March 8 to Sunday, March 14, and takes you behind the scenes with the creative team during this fascinating conversation.

Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, a sparkling personality on the contemporary dance scene, and his long time acolyte, Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson will discuss their creative process behind the conception and realization of Play, as well as their long-standing collaboration. In conversation with New York Times theater critic Laura Cappelle, they will also consider specific challenges of this production—their first joint project presented at Palais Garnier—and look forward to future projects.

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