Go behind the scenes of the Paris Opera, where backstage dramas, crises, and triumphs play out each night before the curtain rises. Encompassing both music and ballet, The Paris Opera shines the spotlight on great artistic passions and tells the story of life backstage at this iconic and indispensable performing arts institution.
This all-access documentary showcases the individuals — from management to performers, costumers to the cleaning crew—who work tirelessly to bring breathtaking spectacles to audiences night after night. The film combines still photographs, footage of ballet performances of “Swan Lake” and Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” and interviews with teachers, management, students and the company’s biggest stars. Filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Bron nimbly juggles a dizzying number of storylines, from labor disputes to procuring a live bull for Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron.
Sweeping in scope yet full of intimate human moments, The Paris Opera offers a candid look at everything that goes into operating one of the world’s foremost performing arts institutions.As the season progresses, we witness a human comedy to rival those performed onstage. But this comedy is suddenly set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Nevertheless, the determined members of the Paris Opera know the show must go on.
Switzerland, France / 110 minutes / subtitles / sponsored in part by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Fri and Sat, Nov 17 and 18
California Typewriter 7pm @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
The Paris Opera 7:30 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
Spettacolo 8pm @ IU School of Global and International Studies
Sun, Nov 19
The Paris Opera 5:15 @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!
California Typewriter 7:45 @ Bear’s Place