January 10, 2017 — The Paris Opera Ballet (Opéra National de Paris) is the oldest national ballet company in the world and can trace its origins back to 1673. It is an institution in every sense of the word — many of the great ballet companies of the world have ties to it.
In the world of the ballet, it is legendary. Its home, in the Palais Garnier, is one of the most acclaimed and beautiful theaters in the world, located on La Place de L’Opera, one of Paris’ most magnificent corners.
With all of its history and reputation for beauty behind it, it is not surprising that change can come slowly.
Nonetheless, in 2014, Benjamin Millepied, the renowned choreographer, was named Artistic Director for the institution. Millepied is known for his work with contemporary composers and artists; it was considered a very forward-thinking appointment. His work is often untraditional.
Millepied is perhaps best-known for his choreography for Darren Aronofsy’s movie Black Swan; it was during the filming of the movie that he met Natalie Portman, whom he later married.
There was much anticipation when Millepied set out to choreograph his first work for the company as director.
Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai filmed the creation of the ballet, entitled Reset (Relève); the film shows how the creation of beauty can be as breathtaking as the finished product.
Watch the trailer here.
Reset opens theatrically on January 13; check here for theaters and times.