D is for La Danse in Paris

Available to DVD soon...


My sketch after watching the trailer...
turned into a painting with a BLUE window (painting available)...
Andddd... where would you see ballet in Paris... The Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra de Paris or Opéra Garnier, but more commonly as the Paris Opéra, is a 2,200-seat opera house on the Place de l'Opéra in Paris, France. A grand landmark designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. The building is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. (via Wikipedia)... 

Upon its inauguration in 1875, the opera house was officially named the Académie Nationale de Musique - Théâtre de l'Opéra. It retained this title until 1978 when it was re-named the Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris. After the opera company chose the Opéra Bastille as their principal theatre upon its completion in 1989, the theatre was re-named as the Palais Garnier, though its more official name, the Académie Nationale de Musique, is still sprawled above the columns of its front façade. In spite of the change of names and the Opera company's relocation to the Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier is still known by many people as the Paris Opéra, as have all of the many theatres which have served as the principal venues of the Parisian Opera and Ballet since its founding (via Wikipedia)...

In 1963 Chagall was commissioned to paint the new ceiling for the Paris Opera, a majestic 19th-century building and national monument. André Malraux, France's Minister of Culture wanted something unique and decided Chagall would be the ideal artist. However, this choice of artist led to controversy: some objected to having a Russian Jew decorate a French national monument; others took exception to the ceiling of the historic building being painted by a modern artist.The final canvas was nearly 2,400 square feet (220 sq. meters) and required 440 pounds of paint. It had five sections which were glued to polyester panels and hoisted up to the 70-foot ceiling. The images Chagall painted on the canvas paid tribute to the composers Mozart, Wagner, Mussorgsky, Berlioz and Ravel, as well as to famous actors and dancers. (via Wikipedia)...
In 1896, one of the counter-weights for the grand chandelier fell, killing one. This, as well as the underground lake, cellars, and other elements of the Opera House, inspired Gaston Leroux in 1909 to write his classic Gothic novel, The Phantom of the Opera...(via Wikipedia) 

For information about attending a performance here... visit the official website of Opera de Paris or if you are not interested in seeing a performance at least be sure to take a peek at the architecture and interior... the Grand Escalier is a FAB place to snap a photo... YOU standing on the staircase... I've done that!!!

This week I will take YOU around Paris VIRTUALLY... continuing the A to Z in Paris challenge via tossing it out ... be sure to visit other challenges and of course visit Metamorphosis Monday posts over at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch... and BLUE posts via Smiling Sal's!

See you tomorrow... what will I show you for the letter "E" ... hmmmm... remember you can make suggestions too!!

29 comments:

Pie said...

Great photos. Happy Blue Monday.

Mine is here.

Rinkly Rimes said...

One thing certainly led to another and you created an informative and pictorial blog!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Fun pictures!

Happy Blue Monday!

arlee bird said...

Wow -- you just keep delivering one great tour stop after another. That was great.

I guessing that E Day must include the Eiffel Tour.

Lee

gengen said...

This is really creative and skilled creation. Thanks for sharing. Happy blue Monday.

xinex said...

Beautiful artwork, Fifi, and what a gorgeous building. I love the ceiling!...Christine

Barbara said...

Beautiful Opera House, the ceiling is gorgeous. I am anxious to see your finished painting of the Dance

Barbara

Renee Finberg said...

fifi
paint the poster sans the words!!!
that would be faboo.

did you have a happy easter?

xx love

jeanne said...

Hello Fifi, I have been away too long. I have missed your lovely posts. This time I was in Florida for almost two weeks. A bloggy party and a wedding as well as visiting my daughters and grands. A lovely time but my blogginng suffered. It is good to be home.

I so enjoyed the Paris Ballet video. I have always been a fan of dance. Maybe because I took dance as a young girl. I was not devoted!!!

Your photos and history was so interesting. Thank you for putting so much work in your post for us to enjoy. Love your painting.

I hope your Easter was wonderful.
Hugs, Jeanne

Beth said...

Lovely photos of the opera house!

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Seems like you're having a wonderful time. Loved the blog, picture's superb. Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne.

SmilingSally said...

Fifi, I enjoyed your post today as it reminded me of my trip to Paris. What an amazing time that was! Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

joanny said...

Fifi

Interesting about the "Phantom of the Opera"

A bit of Art, Architecture, and history of the theater. Grand,

Joanny

Nanna said...

beautiful photos & great job on the picture!
Helen

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Fifi, Stunning pictures! I would love to see this place one day. Perhaps Eiffel Tower for E?
♥, Susan

daylily777 said...

Great Post, Wonderful painting ! You are very talented .
Blessings,
~Myrna

Atticmag said...

Hi Fifi, Cannot wait to see the next destination. I love Paris in the Springtime.... Hope you'll come by Atticmag for our really useful giveaway. -- Jane F.

Ann said...

Love the blue in the ceiling, so striking. Love the commentary.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

so lovely dancing pics... happy blue monday, darling! xo

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous post, darling FF!
Love your ballerina!

xoxox,
CC

Terry said...

Howdy Fifi
Happy Monday to you .
Thank you for sharing the joy of Paris in springtime with a touch of blue for good measure :)
Have a wonderful rest of the week.
Until next time
Happy Trails

Raquel Byrnes said...

This is such a fun way to partake of the challenge. Thank you for the insde look at la danse and for sharing your work. Loved the sketch.

La Petite Gallery said...

FiFi, you do such wonderful work and post. I stayed very close to the opera house and had dinner
across the street in a BEAUTIFUL
ART Nouveau Restaurant. You brought some wonderful memories.

yvonne

Laura said...

You are such a bun head after my own heart sweetie! My ballerina decade yearns for these pictures. Lovely, just lovey Fifi!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Love the drawing/painting of the ballerina. I had read that about the Opera house and the inspiration for the phantom of the Opera when I went to see the play some years ago. Nice to see color photos of it.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Love the ballet! It is close to my heart because one of my daughters was a ballerina and danced with the Inland Pacific Ballet. She is now a Mommy and teaches ballet. Sweet post!

Anonymous said...

The Opera house has, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful interior in all of Paris. Cheers to Garnier!....and Fifi for sharing!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Your artwork, the photos, the videos . . . you transport me. MERCI!

alishka babushka said...

i am new here - i've just recently started following Carmie, and that led me to you! I love this post and your painting! Gorgeous! Where can I purchase it? I'm a ballet dancer and teacher and would love either the original and or maybe some prints as gifts. :o) Can't wait to see what else you bring.

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