Theatre, dance, opera: the 12 flagship shows of the new school year

Posted Sep 5, 2022, 9:00 AMUpdated on Sep 5, 2022 at 10:19 am

Among an abundant back-to-school offer, we have selected six theater performances, three ballets, three operas for the months of September and October alone.

“Amore”, the love song of Pippo Delbono

In 2019, he offered us “La Gioia”, a magnificent song of mourning (dedicated to his fellow traveler Bobo) and of joy. This autumn, Pippo Delbono returns to the Théâtre du Rond-Point with a love song, “Amore”. His new show gives pride of place to Portugal and fado. Lights, strong images, music, poems: the brilliant Italian director has been orchestrating wonderful shows for three decades with his troupe of wounded angels where ex-homeless, disabled and refugees meet. There is no doubt that he will be able to surprise us again and upset us. Ph.C.

Paris, Théâtre du Rond-Point, from September 6 to 18

“Bérénice”, Murielle Mayette-Holtz and Carole Bouquet

In a beautiful stylized contemporary decor by Rudy Sabounghy, the director of the National Theater of Nice gives us Racine’s play in a sentimental close combat style. In the role of the exiled, rejected woman in love, an icon: Carole Bouquet. Murielle Mayette-Holtz likes to make the music of classical verses heard. Without shaking up the Racinian tragedy, she aims here for purity. The first images of the show created in Nice make you want. The love trio Bérénice, Titus, Antiochus will deploy their passions in the midnight blue atmosphere of La Scala Paris. Ph.C.

La Scala Paris, from September 15 to October 12

“Days of Joy”, Arne Lygre by Stéphane Braunschweig

The director of the Odéon began a judicious partnership with Arne Lygre a few years ago. The grating and dark comedies of the Norwegian author offer subtle witticisms and intriguing existential lines of flight that Stéphane Braunschweig knows how to perfectly exploit and magnify. “Jours de joie” opens with a small impromptu family reunion on a bench near a cemetery. Then characters arrive… and the intimate encounter turns into an unbridled human comedy. Decor of dead leaves… and gala distribution (Chloé Réjon, Virginie, Colemyn, Jean-Philippe Vidal). Ph.C.

Paris, Odéon (6th), from September 16 to October 4,

“Days of Joy” by Arne Lygre, directed by Stéphane Braunschweig, opens the season at the Odéon (6th).© Simon Gosselin

Pina Bausch, an African “Sacre”

With the blessing of the Pina Bausch Foundation, “The Rite of Spring”, a major work by the German choreographer, opens up to another continent of dance, Africa. Around thirty performers are gathered to celebrate the music of Igor Stravinsky and the genius of Pina. After several postponements, this evening event finally lands in Paris. In addition to the program, Germaine Acogny, mother of African dance, dialogues with Malou Airaudo, alumnus of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, in “Common Ground(s)”. Double pleasure. Ph.N.

Paris, La Villette (with the Théâtre de la Ville). September 19 to 30

Tiago Rodrigues, humanitarians and fascists

The Portuguese “shaman” (new director of the Festival d’Avignon) is on the bill twice as part of the Festival d’Automne. In September, at the Odéon-Berthier, he presents “In the measure of the impossible”, a show about humanitarian workers written on the basis of interviews with around thirty collaborators of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Médecins sans borders. Then at the Bouffes du Nord, in October, a play with the shocking title, “Catarina and the beauty of killing fascists”, a fable that raises the question of the use of violence to defend democracy. Ph.C.

At the Odéon (Berthier), from September 20 to October 14

At the Bouffes du Nord, from October 7 to 30,

“Measuring the Impossible” by Tiago Rodrigues will be performed at the Odéon-Berthier as part of the Autumn Festival.

“Measuring the Impossible” by Tiago Rodrigues will be performed at the Odéon-Berthier as part of the Autumn Festival.© Magali Dougados

“King Lear” by Thomas Ostermeier at French

In a season of the Comédie-Française which gives pride of place to revivals, the creation of “King Lear” by the German master Thomas Ostermeier is an event. Especially since it is an entry into the repertoire (Shakespeare’s play had never before been performed in Molière’s house). The cast is royal, starring Denis Podalydès in the role of Lear. And after her: Claïna Clavaron, Jennifer Decker, Julien Frison, Eric Genovese, Marina Hands, Gaël Kamilindi, Christophe Montenez, Noam Morgenzstern, Sephora Pondi, Stéphane Varupenne. Ph.C.

Paris, Comédie-Française, Salle Richelieu, from September 23 to February 26, alternately

“Lakmé” and “La Périchole” by Laurent Pelly

Laurent Pelly will be able to give free rein to his imagination in two 19th century operas. First in the company of chef Raphaël Pichon in “Lakmé”, an orientalist tale by Delibes where love suffers the shock of civilizations and religions. Then, with his old accomplice Marc Minkowski, he will find Offenbach who has succeeded so well for him, this time with “La Périchole”. These two highly anticipated productions have more than promising French-speaking casts: Sabine Devieilhe, Frédéric Antoun, Ambroisine Bré, on the one hand, Marina Viotti, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Laurent Naouri, Alexandre Duhamel, on the other. Ph.V.

“Lakmé” Opéra Comique, from September 28 to October 8, 2022

“La Périchole”, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, from November 13 to 27

Wajdi Mouawad, a square fresco

“Who could certify that the world is not an illusion? “Square root of the verb to be” recounts a week in the life of Talyani Waqar Malik when, in the choices imposed by events, one direction was taken rather than another. » Wajdi Mouawad’s new show is intended to be partly autobiographical, but also a fiction close to philosophy and metaphysics, flushing out the choices of a man/a life and its alternatives. Above all, it will be a long-term fresco lasting seven hours that can be seen in its entirety or over two evenings. After the success of “Mother”, we expect a lot from this existential mise en abyss, carried by a brilliant troupe (Wajdi Mouawad himself, Jérôme Kircher, the Young troupe from the Hill…). Ph.C.

Paris, Théâtre de la Colline, from September 30 to December 30

“Rusalka” at the Capitol

Author of the all-too-famous “New World Symphony”, Antonin Dvorák also composed several operas that are still rarely performed in France. Audiences in Toulouse will thus be able to listen for the first time to the sad tale of Rusalka, this water nymph who wants, with the help of a witch, to take on human features in order to finally be able to love the prince. Soprano Anita Hartig, who notably made a name for herself in Puccini’s “La Bohême”, embodies the title role and slips into the staging of Stefano Poda, known for his abundant imagination. Ph.V.

Toulouse, Théâtre du Capitole, from October 6 to 16.

Akram Khan’s “Giselle”

Discovered in London, this Giselle updated by Akram Khan is one of the greatest successes of Tamaro Rojo, the director of the English National Ballet. The Anglo-Bengali choreographer sees this figure of romantic ballet as a modern heroine far from sentimentalism. In two straight acts, Khan signs a contemporary classic. After the unequaled “Giselle” by Mats Ek, this 21st century version stands out as a rare success. With, what is more, a troupe in full possession of its means. Ph.N.

Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, from October 12 to 15

The English National Ballet in Akram Khan's memorable “Giselle” moves to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

The English National Ballet in Akram Khan’s memorable “Giselle” moves to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.© Laurent Liotardo

Mayerling at Garnier

The Paris Opera Ballet is taking small steps in the big way, the time of this “Mayerling” ballet by Kenneth MacMillan. Three acts to plunge dancers and spectators into the “kingdom” of Sissi. But it is above all for the announced distributions that we will be fighting for places. The new star François Alu will be on the program as will Paul Marque, Mathieu Ganio, Hugo Marchand, Stéphane Bullion, a young retiree. Alongside them, Dorothée Gilbert, Ludmila Pagliero or Myriam Ould-Braham. Without forgetting this star seed that is Hannah O’Neill. Regal! Ph.N.

Paris Opera, Palais Garnier, from October 25 to November 12

“The Treasure Seeker” at the Opéra du Rhin

On the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, the Opéra national du Rhin treats itself to a feast of enticing new productions. After the world premiere of “Until the Lions” by Thierry Pécou, we will discover “Le Chercheur de Trésors”, created in Frankfurt in 1920, then banned by the Nazis and never heard in France. Director Christof Loy and conductor Marko Letonja will be keen to bring this medieval story of love and magic to life with the highly symbolic significance of a composer as famous as Richard Strauss in his time. Ph.V.

Strasbourg, from October 28 to November 8, then Mulhouse, November 27 and 29.

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