In this piece specifically created for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1994, the choreographer Angelin Preljocaj finds a subtle balance between the classical genius of Mozart’s music and the modernity of his choreographic language.
The perfectly chiselled sets evoke the elegance and refinement of a French‑style garden while the costumes draw inspiration from the Age of Enlightenment.
Advancing to the caprices of an imaginary Carte du Tendre and guided by strange gardeners, the dancers awaken to love, from first encounters to seduction, from timidity to attraction, from resistance to the sweet appeal of abandon in sublimely soaring “pas de deux”.
Even today, this timeless work continues to explore the codes of love and the way human feelings develop.
With the Paris Opera Étoiles, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
The Paris Opera Orchestra
A co-production of the Paris Opera and Telmondis, with the participation of France Télévisions, Mezzo and medici.tv, and the support of the Orange Foundation, patron of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts, and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée.
© Opéra national de Paris – Telmondis - 2021
Director: Louise Narboni