‘Students’, ‘Year Abroad’ and ‘Ballet’ aren’t words you often hear in a sentence together – but after a recent trip to the Paris Ballet at the Palais Garnier, I’ve decided to change that! There are 5 reasons that every student in Paris should go to the ballet, and here they are:
1. THE PRICE!
When you think of the ballet or the opera your mind tends to conjure up ideas of a price tag with at least 3 digits, but this doesn’t have to be the case! It turns out that if you rock up on the day and they have unsold tickets (which they almost always do), they sell them at a seriously discounted “standby rate” of just 25€ – and they are often very good seats! Even better, if you aim to go to an ‘avant-première’ show (the first show of the season) as we did, then these tickets cost just 10€!! They also offer young persons’ passes (Pass’Jeune)and subscriptions which have very good deals on certain productions and seating categories.
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Check out the FAQ’s on the Opera de Paris site for more info: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/practical-informations
2. THE PALAIS GARNIER
Paying 10€ for the ballet is incredible enough, but when you take into account that this includes the opportunity to explore the rooms of the Palais Garnier, you’ll really appreciate the value for money that a trip to the ballet boasts. The Palais Garnier was built during the latter half of the 19th century and is widely considered the most famous opera house in the world. Not only is the architecture outside phenomenal, but the lavish decor inside the auditorium, the foyer and the entrance hall is simply breath-taking. Even if it turns out you hate ballet (which is highly unlikely, I assure you), the Palais Garnier would make the whole experience worthwhile regardless!
3. THERE’S MORE TO PARISIAN LIFE THAN DRINKING BY THE SEINE
Whether you’re travelling around Europe and have found yourself in Paris or you’re on a semester abroad here, it’s important to remember that Paris isn’t all about the cheap wine and beautiful surroundings (though they certainly are crucial aspects of life here!). Paris is a city of culture – a city of theatre, art, music, festivals, cinema and cuisine, and ballet forms an important part of this culture. For centuries the ballet was reserved for members of the French aristocracy, even after the revolution prices restricted audiences to the upper-class, but thanks to the discounts and changing social norms this is no longer the case and the ballet has become accessible to all. It really is something that should be experienced by everyone who visits Paris.
4. THE BALLET ITSELF!
How could I forget!? The ballet is an incredible experience in itself – A one-off trip to the Louvre doesn’t stick with you for all that long, but I promise you, a trip to the ballet will stay with you for days after you’ve been – the way the dancers move, the atmosphere of the building and the music from the live orchestra really captivates the audience and has a lasting effect on the viewer. The way the dancers tell a story through the art of movement is something I’ve never been lucky enough to experience before and I’d say you really have to see it to believe it!
5. WHO DOESN’T LOVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DRESS UP?
One aspect of the ballet which has endured since the days of the upper-classes is the notion of dressing up – though not compulsory in any sense, the ballet does give you a great opportunity to brush off the blazer, though perhaps not the bow-tie! And who doesn’t love an opportunity to dress-to-impress once in a while!?
Have you been to the ballet in Paris? or anywhere else for that matter? Let me know what you thought in the comments!