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There is no other city like the City of Light at Christmastime. Paris is awash in stunning lights everywhere you look and the streets are scented with the aroma of roasting chestnuts. Christmas markets abound and ice skating is to be enjoyed as well. If you are fortunate enough to be visiting Paris in December you are in for an amazing treat! And if you are looking to pop in here and there to warm your toes here is this month’s listing of places and events to warm up!
Opera, Ballet and Theatre Performance
Balanchine / Brown / Bausch – Choreographer George Balanchine, December 10 – 29th
Three works from various repertoires: George Blanchine’s lyrical abstract, Trish Brown’s O Ztozony/O and Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring.
The Bartered Bride, Conductor Constantin Trinks, December 4th – 27th
The national opera of the Czech Republic, this opera is considered a model for folk opera in general.
Le Nozze de Figaro – Conductor Philippe Jordan (A) and Dan Ettinger (B), through June 11th 2011
An opera buffa in four acts, this is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at his best.
Mathis der Maler, Conductor Christoph Eschenbach, through December 6th
Written by Paul Hindemith, this opera in seven scenes focuses on works by Matthias Grunewald, in particular his piece, Isenheim Altarpiece.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Conductor Philippe Jordan, December 11 – 30th
A pinnacle of 20th century opera, this performance combines both tragedy and comedy.
Swan Lake, Choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, through January 5th 2011
Tchaikovsky’s first and most famous ballet takes the Opera Garnier through the holiday season. The show runs through January 5th.
Joseph Kosuth, Neither Appearance Nor Illusion, through December 31st
Paper Museums, through January 3rd 2011
Counterpoint, Contemporary Russian Art, through January 31st 2011
Jean Léon Gérôme, through January 23rd 2011
All Collectors!, through January 30th 2011
Claude Monet, Les Galeries Nationale du Grand Palais, through January 2011
Alliances Marine, Le Palais de la Découverte, through January 2011
France 1500, the Middles Ages to the Renaissance, through January 2011
Le Fabrique des Images, through July 17th 2011
Baba Bling, through January 2011
Dans les Blanc des Yeux, through January 2011
Lapita, Ancettres Océianiens, through January 2011
Monet son Musée, through February 20th 2011
Nancy Spero, through January 10th 2011
Gabriel Orozco, through January 3rd 2011
Saadane Afif, through January 3rd 2011
Arman, through January 10th 2011
L’Aventure des Objets, through January 10th 2011
Animail, through November 30th
Mobi Boom, Explosion of l’Explosion du Design en France, 1945-1975, through January 2nd 2011
Circuit Céramique: La Scène Française Contemporaire, through February 20th2011
Rubens, Poussin et les Peintres du XVII Siècle, through January 24th 2011
Les Recherches d’un Chien, through January 16th
Petit Palais -Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
Reporters sans Frontières, through February 27th
Vestiaire de Divas de Maria Callas à Dalida, through December 31st
Invisible, Zoom sur le Plancton, through January 2nd 2011
Dans l’Ombres des Dinosaures, through February 14th 2011
Harry Callahan, Variations, through December 29th
Moebius-Transe-Forme, through March 13th, 2011
Larry Clark, Kiss the Past Hello, through January 2nd 2011
Didier Marcel, Sommes-Nous l’élégance, through January 2nd 2011
Basquiat, through January 30th 2011
Chen Zhen, through December 13th
Costume d’Enfants, Miroir des Grands, through January 24th 2011
Au Jardin de Krishna Riboud, through January 24th 2011
Qui es-tu Peter?, through January 9th
Philippe Vermès, Wanted Bikers, through December 27th
Music Venues – Highlights of December
19, 20 Lady GaGa
1, 2, 8, 9 Orchestre de Paris
3, 10 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
4 Orchestre de Pasdeloup
4 Vadim Repin & Boris Berezovsky
5, 6 Thaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
5 Evgeny Kissin
7 Maurizio Pollini
11, 12 ,13 Orchestre du Theatre Mariinsky de Saint Petersburg
14 Yuja Wang
16 La Pathétique
16 Orchestre Français des Jeunes
17 Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris
18 Russian National Orchestra
19 Cecilia Bartoli
21 Nat King Cole in Spanish
22 Noel Manuche
23 Orquesta Aragon
2, 3, 4 Patrick Timsit
6 Alexis HK
7-11 Laurent Gerra
12 Scooby Doo
13 Richard Galliano
14 David Hallyday
15-18, 22 Laurent Gerra
20 You and the Night Music
21 Matt Pokora
25, 30, 31 Laurent Gerra
1 Jay Jay Johanson
3 Born Ruffians
4 The Inspector Cluzo
6 The Jolly Boys
7 The Young Gods
8 Thomas Dybdahl
9 The Pretty Reckless
10 Matthew Dear
11 Gold Panda
14 Fear Factory & High on Fire
17 Bobby Bazini
1-12 Disney on Ice
18 Amel Bent
19 Real Limit
21 Don Omar & Lucenzo
26 Fanny J
3 Brian McKnight
9 Jil is Lucky
10 Debout Sur le Zinc
14, 15 Aaron
17 Mayra Andrade
27 Regis Mailhot
30 Roberto Alagna
1 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
5 Festival New York à Paris
7 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
14 Youri Chevtchouk & DDT
15 Painted on Water
18 Le Bal de l’Elysée Montmartre
1 Grupo Compay Segundo
3 Sexy Sushi
4 Les Sales Majestes
5 Fistful of Mercy
6 Arnaud Fleurent-Didier
8 William Sheller
9 Janelle Monae
10-26 Gaspard Proust
Jazz Concert – Grand Foyer du Châtelet
2 Soirée Musicale – Tina Provenzano, Hiroshi Murayama, Daiki Yasukagawa & Gan Guo
6 Soirée Classique – Marianne Piketty, Dana Ciocarlie & Véronique Bonnecaze
Paris Events in December
The Gucci Masters – International Competition in Show Jumping
3-5 Head to the Parc des Expositions Nord Villepente for this 5-star rated international show jumping competition
4-12 This event includes the Gucci Masters, as well as ongoing adventure for Equestrians. This salon features everything from the above-mentioned Gucci Masters to the World Arabian Horse Championship.
4-12 This show is held at the Porte de Versailles and not only features amazing water vessels, you will also find an array of everything water, including destinations.
1-12 The Paris Zenith will come alive with Disney this holiday season. No translation needed for kids to enjoy their favourite Disney characters.
My Fair Lady (Performed in English)
9 December – 2 January If you are looking for a bit of theatre to enjoy in English over the holiday season this is a wonderful venue to take in a show.
10-11 Over 100 châteaux will exhibit the best of their wines at the Carrousel du Louvre. Grab a glass and have a little patience as this event sees over 20,000 visitors in the two days it is held.
Lumen de Lumine, Light Born of Light at Notre Dame
Through 31 December – See the nativity recounted on a 100m screen and hear the music come alive. This free exhibit is held within Notre Dame.
French Basketball All-Star Game
30 See the best basketball players in the professional league take to the courts at Bercy – sure sight to take in if you are a sports fan.
1 Evenings with an Author: Hughes Armand-Delille
8 Evenings with an Author: Peter Gibian
11 Annual Family Holiday Party
7 David Sedaris reads from, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
If you know of other special events in Paris, or if you would like to have your event featured in this monthly column, please send an email to Lisa at: [email protected]
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