Cultural event — Rehearsal

WORK SESSION : Kontakthof

26 Nov. 2022

  • Palais Garnier

Enter the heart of the creation and discover the artists at work!

The Paris National Opera offers Arop members the privilege of observing the work of the artists and the genesis of a production at different times: work sessions, pre-dress rehearsals and dress rehearsals.


In the wake of The Rite of Spring (1997) and Orpheus and Eurydice (2005), Kontakthof is Pina Bausch’s third piece to enter the repertoire of the Paris Opera Ballet. In it we find all the elements that characterise this German choreographer: love, angst, violence, desire, sadness and also considerable humour. In a set by Rolf Borzik – a large ballroom with grey walls – men in dark suits and women in satin dresses and stilettos meet, cross paths, confront and size each other up. The dance is interrupted by micro‑sequences: pauses over memories, snatches of life... This major work in Pina Bausch's danced theatre, created in Wuppertal in 1978 for twenty or so dancers, requires a strength of expressiveness that reveals the personalities of each performer.

Access requirements:

- Absolute discretion so that the artists do not feel the presence of an audience.

- It is forbidden to leave the room during the rehearsal.

- No photography or filming and no applause.

- In case of delay, entry are allowed only during the break.

Any person who does not respect these rules may be refused access to the rehearsals. Work sessions last approximately 3 hours with a 30 minute break for operas and 20 minutes for ballets.

Cancellation policy:

- These sessions may be interrupted or closed to the public at any time for technical or artistic reasons.

- If they are cancelled, the Arop cannot be held responsible for rescheduling your seat.

- In case of withdrawal, please inform us as soon as possible so that members on a waiting list can benefit from the available seats.

- Any cancellation on your part for a rehearsal (work session, pre-general and general), less than 2 working days before the date of the event, will be deducted from the number of places allocated per season.

Booking procedure:

The assignment of rehearsal seats is done by membership level: Founding Patron members have priority over Patron members, who have priority over Benefactor members, who have priority over Donor members, who have priority over Friend members.

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[EXTRAIT] KONTAKTHOF, a piece by Pina Bausch

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[EXTRAIT] KONTAKTHOF, a piece by Pina Bausch

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[EXTRAIT] KONTAKTHOF, a piece by Pina Bausch

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[EXTRAIT] KONTAKTHOF, a piece by Pina Bausch

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Kontakthof, a piece by Pina Bausch (season 22/23)

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