ILCF Students Go Behind the Scenes of Palais Garnier

Published on February 28, 2019 Updated on February 28, 2019

ILCF students in the Panorama of Literature & Ideas in France-19th & 20th centuries class, discover classical dance and much more.

As part of the Opera-University program, our students were able to discover The Lady of the Camellias in an extraordinary way: attending a rehearsal, the ballet at the Palais Garnier, ending with a private tour of the Opera. What a journey from Alexandre Dumas Jr.'s novel to J. Neumeier's choreography!

« The experience was fantastic! I always dreamed of seeing the Paris Opera Ballet dancers, it is one of the best companies in the world and my dream came true!  »  ILCF student Annie.

Hayley was also enthusiastic: « I learned so much, for example that the architecture of the Palais Garnier looks like a church because the opera was built as a temple of music! ! »

For Sophie Joëssel, the Professor who initiated this outing:

« Bringing students to the Opera who would never gone otherwise and helping them to understand the links between literature, music and dance is fascinating. Last season they were delighted by lyrical art, this season it was The Lady of the Camellias, with the music of Chopin. This experience allowed some students to discover classical dance, and the pointe technique for the first time. Other students, already familiar with La Traviata were able to bring the two works together. The exchanges were very interesting. This romantic drama has lost none of its modernity. Dance is an art that unites students regardless of their level of French. »