Art is invited to Paris for the summer
Published on 23 July 2017, dans Exhibition and Museums
From March 22nd to July 31st, 2017, the Hotel Royal Cardinal can be your home from home in Paris while you rediscover the father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin, at the Grand Palais. And because Paris in the summer is the city of art par excellence, you should not miss the opportunity offered between July 9th and 20th, 2017, to catch a performance by the Cuban National Ballet at the Salle Pleyel.
The power of genius. Rodin; the Centennial Exhibition at the Grand Palais
In 1917 a great sculptor passed into the realm of legend. A hundred years after his death, Auguste Rodin remains a star that shines with an undimmed intensity. His works testify to his extraordinary talent and have made him a name to be respected and admired throughout the world. A dreamer who never faltered in giving form to his dreams, the passionate sculptor was the first to break with the accepted codes of artistic creativity, ahead of Braque, Picasso and Matisse. This attitude made him a pioneer of modern art and earned him his legacy.
The centennial exhibition at the Grand Palais beautifully retraces the journey of a life devoted to artistic fire. Naturally, such highly regarded works as The Thinker and The Burghers of Calais are highlighted, but the exhibition also focuses on the artist’s personality and career. Amidst his triumphs and travails, the life of this genius is placed in sharp relief. Similarly, Rodin’s influence on several generations of artists who succeeded him and were inspired by him is deciphered with care and scholarship
Delicacy and virtuosity. The Cuban National Ballet is welcomed to Paris
In the splendid surroundings of the Salle Pleyel concert hall the famous ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso presents Giselle to Parisian audiences, some 74 years after her sublime performance in the title role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Despite her partial blindness, on that day she enchanted the audience, who were touched by the grace of her interpretation, and thereafter she never ceased to assert herself as one of the most gifted stars of her generation.
There cannot be too much praise used in describing the Cuban National Ballet under the direction of Alicia Alonso. She founded this world-famous dance company in 1948. Now close to one hundred years old (she will reach that milestone in 2020), she remains a leading light of her art form, bringing to her choreography a breath of transcendence that flirts with poetry.
The Cuban National Ballet previously performed in Paris in 1966, an opportunity seized by some of its members to seek political asylum. Thus there have been few opportunities to see the company in France. On the programme for this 2017 European tour are 14 performances in Paris. July 7th to 12th will feature Giselle, the ballet that made Alicia Alonso famous, followed by Don Quixote, from July 15th to 20th.