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The foundations of classical ballet: a French affair?

It’s common knowledge that Louis XIV developed the foundations of classical ballet in the late 17th century, during his long and rather extraordinary reign as King of France. But was the French King the true mastermind of ballet technique? 

Ballet in Paris: a little History of the French Technique

Origins: from the Royal court of Louis XIV to neoclassicism.  The Paris Opera Ballet company has a long-standing History, dating back to 1662, and the establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse by Louis XIV. At the time, the Academy’s mission was to develop the theatrical dance style performed in court, which noblemen and the King himself took part in.
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Postcard from Paris

In Paris to catch some culture? Here's our editor's suggestions on what to do in the city, what to see and where to eat. 

Summer music and opera in France

In July and August, Parisians flee the city to the provinces, where stunning landscapes and hundreds of music festivals await them. We explore the rich diversity.
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ParisWebern, Strauss, Franck

Webern, Strauss R., Franck
Orchestre National de France; Emmanuel Krivine; Ann Petersen

ParisEnescu, Mahler

Enescu, Mahler
Orchestre National de France; Christoph Eschenbach; Truls Mørk

ParisLes 80 ans de l'Orchestre Philharmonique

Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Sofi Jeannin; Barbara Assouline; Pascal Bourgeois; Chœur de Radio France; Maîtrise de Radio France

ParisBeethoven, Bartók

Beethoven, Bartók
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck; Vilde Frang; Cécile Agator; Pascal Oddon; Marc Desmons
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Cavalli's Erismena illuminates the Jeu de Paume

Don't attempt to plough through the synopsis, but enjoy Cavalli's sexy score, persuasively performed in Jean Bellorini's modern staging. 
***11
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A rake's progress: Don Giovanni let loose in Aix

Jean-François Sivadier's pulsating new production propels The Don through his lusty adventures at a whirlwind pace. 
*****
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McBurney paints a blank canvas in Aix

Simon McBurney's production of The Rake's Progress for Festival d'Aix-en-Provence begins with the equivalent of a blank page – a simple white paper box onto which he pours his inspiration.
****1
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Carmen as therapy in Aix

Love may well be a rebellious bird, but that's as nothing to maverick director Dmitri Tcherniakov, whose twisted staging for Festival d'Aix reimagines Bizet's opera as a radical therapy session.
**111
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La nouvelle Philharmonie de Paris

Un état des lieux sur le projet de la nouvelle Philharmonie de Paris, à l'aube d'une ouverture très commentée.