1/ A suitable costume
Dressed in heels and stripes, what could be a better way to join the dance and get a loftier perspective on things! There's no way Louis XIV—5.4 feet tall, with an added 5 inches of heel—would have disagreed!
2/ A touch of humor
Thanks to the astute use of cables, Ferrando and Guglielmo - the two lovers in "Cosi Fan Tutte" - make a direct landing on the stage ... Watch out, Despina and Don Alfonso!
3/ Deus ex machina
Need to adjust the lighting? Can't reach the rig? Step on the mobile platform! Nothing can stop our technicians - other than a little vertigo, perhaps… Did you know that no one is allowed up here without substantial training? It takes several technicians to handle the installation. Once you're up there, you're in a perpetual motion.
4/ Keyword : accessory
What could be better than a scarf fluttering delicately in the air to make us want to fly like a bird?
5/ Let yourself be carried away
We can always count on the Julien Lestel Company to give the choreography a little extra height. And to do it in style, of course.
6/ The perfect backdrop
“Oh speak again, bright angel, for thou art as glorious to this night, being o'er my head as is a winged messenger of heaven …” aka when body and soul achieve perfect harmony.
7/ Back to childhood
Defying gravity from a swing. There's nothing faint-hearted about Norine from Don Pasquale! “I have a peculiar nature but a wonderful heart.”
8/ Traditional techniques
A good ladder and the support of the group, nothing beats teamwork!
9/ A tilted stage floor
A sloping stage allows better visibility for the spectators and enhances the sense of depth due to the effect of perspective, like a springboard to the audience!
10/ Defying gravity with an extravagant jump!
A step-by-step guide for aspiring dancers: switch the music on, start dancing, lose yourself to the rythm of Bolero, experiment intensely, and now leap - farther, higher!
11. Did you think it was anything else?
As Victor Hugo once said: "Theater is not the realm of reality: There are cardboard trees, canvas palaces, a sky made out of rags, glass diamonds, gold made from sequins, there's paint on the peaches, rouge on people's faces, a sun that rises up out of the earth. It's the realm of truth: There are human hearts behind the scenes, human hearts in the auditorium, and human hearts on the stage."
Virtual exhibition created and written by Eugénie Boivin for the Massy Opera House (Opéra de Massy).
Timeless, like a melody hanging in the air at the opera. Thanks to all the photographers (from Massy Photo Club and elsewhere!) who help us keep track of the moments that uplift us - both figuratively and literally - and allow us to share them with the public.