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Here come de Opera January 22, 2012

Filed under: ballet — theworstat @ 4:46 pm
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Excuse my lese majeste toward the Paris Opera Ballet.  They are to make their Chicago debut on June 27, 2012 at the Harris Theater.  I want to be there, but I don’t know why.  I’ve never even seen this company outside of a few wayward clips and one documentary — in French, not my strong point — on YouTube.  (And yes, I have made all of my judgments in this blog based on that; maybe my desire to see the company in person is also a desire to see if I’ve been right about them.)

Anyway, here’s the announcement, from last April I believe, in the Chicago Tribune:

Paris Opera Ballet in Chicago

This kind of brings me back to the old, old days when the Royal Ballet (GB) would come here for a week, every few years.  Alas, those days came to a close when the promoters could no longer guarantee that the RB’s trips to provincial Chicago would be profitable.  After that, we had to be satisfied with ABT’s 2-week visits every year.  And then ABT cut the length of its visits down.

Things are better now, honestly, with a major company having long since taken up residence here (the Joffrey), and several smaller companies active in the area.  But it’s still a thrill to know that the ancient, august Paris Opera Ballet is deigning to come here after never having done so before in the city’s 175-year history.

We can haz ballet?  I guess so.