May 2010 Events in Paris

May 2010 Events in Paris
There are few pleasures like enjoying Paris in the month of May. The flowers are out in bloom, and the parks start to see the return of picnics that last well into the evening dusk. The leaves finally awaken and line the Seine with vibrant strokes of green, and the City of Light seems to come alive all over again. While being outside is glorious, there are some fantastic events lined up this month in Paris that are sure to lure you indoors.   Opera & Ballet Opéra Garnier – Tribute to Jerome Robbins, Choreographer Benjamin Millepied – Through May 10th A true tribute to one of the 20th century’s most profound choreographers, you will find yourself engulfed in a world from jazz to comic movement. La Bayadère, Choreographer Rudolf Noreev – May 17th – June 2nd Set in India, the Opéra Garnier boldly described this ballet as “A stunning virtuoso and a bewitching Oriental fresco.” This ballet tells the story of the unrequited love between an Indian temple dancer, Nikiya, and a noble warrior, Solor. Opéra Bastille – Billy Budd, Conductor Jeffrey Tate – Through May 15th An opera sung in English is not often found on the Paris stage. Based on the confrontation between good and evil, and set on a battleship this is considered to be one of the most grand stage designs in opera today. Les Contes d’Hoffman, Conductor Jesus Lopez-Cobos – From May 7th – June 3rd This opera was Offenbach’s final work. In fact, he died before he finished this piece, which has lent it to an infinite level of interpretation. This opera tells the tragic love story of a drunken poet who falls for not one, but four women and loses them all just as quickly.   Art Exhibitions   The Louvre – Holy Russia, Russian Art from the Beginnings of Peter the Great – Through May 24th Contemporary Artist, Joseph Kosuth: The Louvre’s commitment to commission living artists – Through December 31st Méroé, Un Empire sur le Nil – Through September 6th   Musée d’Orsay – Crime and Punishment – Through June 27th Meijer de Haan, the Hidden Master – Through June 20th Photography, Not Art – Through June 20th   Grand Palais – Turner and His Painters – Through May 24th The Way of Tao, Another Way of Being – Through July 5th   Maison Européenne de la Photographie – Philippe Perrin, Haut en Court – Through June 13th Mimmo Jodice, Retrospective 1960-2010 – Through June 13th Antoine Poupel, Zingaro – Through June 13th Sérvulo Esmeraldo, Les Excitables – Through June 13th Michale von Graffenried, Outing – Through June 13th   Pinacothèque de Paris – Edvard Munch – The Anti-Scream – Through July 18th   Musée du Quai Branly – Sexe, Mort et Sacrifice – Through May 23rd The Making of Images – Through July 17th Autres Maitres de l’Inde – Through July 18th 10 Years of the Pavillon des Sessions – Through July 26th   Musée Marmottan – Women Painters and Fairs at the Time of Proust, from Madeleine Lemaire to Berthe Morisot – Through June 6th   Centre Georges Pompidou – The Subversion of Images , Surrealism, Photography, Film – Through May 23rd Erró – 50 Years of Collages – through May24th Patrick Jouin – The Substance of Design – through May 24th Sarkis Passages – through June 21st Lucian Freud l’Atelier – through July 19th   Institut du Monde Arabe – Orient –Hermès, honouring Leila Menchari – Through June 6th   Musée des Arts Decoratifs – Advertising to the Rescue of Major Causes – Through May 9th It was Once Playmobil – Through May 16th Le Lalanne, honouring Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne – Through July 4th History of Ideal Contemporary Fashion: Volume 70-80 – Through October 10th   Musée Jacquemart-André – El Greco – Dalì, The Great Spanish Masters, The Pérez Simón Collection – through August 1st   La Maison Rouge – Vinal, Records and Covers – through May 16th Celeste Boursier Mougenot – through May 16th Marco Decorpeliada, Schizomètres – through May 16th Petit Palais -Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris Rétrospective Yves Saint Laurent – through August 29th   Sponte Galerie d’Art – Plasma – sculptures by Sylvano Catti; the comparison of plot, steel and colour   Les Ateliers de Paris – Faubourg Saint-Antoine: Un Nouveau Réseau d’Entreprises – Through May 29th   Espace Fondation EDF – Chine, Célébration de la Terre – May 7th through September 19th   Music Venues – Highlights of April   Salle Pleyel – 4 Nelson Freire 6 Rolando Villazon 7, 19, 27, 28 Orchestre de Paris 10 Joshua Bell 14 Harry Connick, Jr. 15 John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension 17 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 18 Venice Baroque Orchestra 21, 29 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France L’Olympia – 7 Maurane O Nougaro 8 Sylvie Pulles 10, 11, 12 Renan Luce 19 Scorpions & Karelia 30 Snow Patrol Bercy – 18 Michael Bublé 20 Black Eyed Peas 21, 22 Lady Gaga 25 Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood 31 Alicia Keys Le Zénith – 5, 6 Damien Saez 7 Pavement 8 Carimi 14…

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