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A Night at the Opera Garnier

April 25, 2016
by CEA CAPA Content Creator
 Entrance into the Opera

CEA took the students studying in Paris to the legendary Opera Garnier on an unforgettable Sortie to see the Ballet and experience the magic of the Opera. This Sortie was a chance for CEA students to benefit from the cultural, artistic, and architectural richness that the city of Paris has to offer. This Ballet easily made me feel as though I was a star in “L’Fantôme de l’Opéra”.
 The Opera Garnier

The evening of dance brought together the work of three major choreographers: Jerome Bel, Jerome Robbins and Benjamin Millepied, the current director of dance at the Opera National de Paris. We were able to take in unique styles from a range of generations, young to old, and many nationalities, all under the historical dome of the Opera Garnier.
 Gorgeous chandelier in the Opera house
 Ballet Dancers Aligned for the Final Bow

CEA met with the students in the 9th arrondissement of Paris at Place de l’Opéra outside of the beautiful Palais Garnier, which was easily accessible by metro. This night was my first time seeing the Opera first-hand and processing with my own eyes how beautiful it is. The building itself stood out immediately due to its eclectic architecture, I speak with no hesitation when I call it simply a masterpiece.
 Outside of the Opéra
 View as you first enter the Opéra Garnier

Theatres are curious places, where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on stage. And the Ballet we saw, encompassed all this and so much more.
 Ballet Dancers of the Opéra
 Ceiling of the Opéra as you walk in
 The ticket into the magical Opéra Garnier

Joan Komolafe is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Photographer in Paris, France. She is currently a junior at Tulane University.

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