Paris Opera Ballet brings ‘Rain’ back

Paris Opera Ballet in Rain by Anne Teresa De KeersmaekerThe Paris Opera Ballet will bring the full-length contemporary dance work Rain back to its stage this fall. The work will be presented at the Palais Garnier from October 21 to November 7, featuring the company’s etoiles, premiers danseurs and corps de ballet
 alongside live accompaniment provided by Ensemble Ictus and Synergy Vocals.


Rain, a work choreographed by distinguished Belgian dancemaker Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, was first presented by the world-renowned ballet company in May 2011. It was the first time the company took on De Keersmaeker’s style and it was highly anticipated by the public. The months leading up to the premiere, De Keersmaeker and dancers from her company Rosas worked with the classically trained company members to convey the different dance idiom.


Now the public has another chance to see the Paris Opera Ballet perform the powerful contemporary work this fall. The dancers once again take on the mathematical pattern of Rain, which offers rare intensity, refined purity and a fascinating undercurrent of emotional layering.


With Rain, De Keersmaeker leads the dancers to transmit the rhythmic pulsations of Music for Eighteen Musicians by Steve Reich. On stage, music and dance sweep the performers along in a perpetual surge of movement, a dizzying and joyful race that seems to “overflow with life.”


The October 31 performance will be simulcast live online for viewers worldwide. For more information or to book tickets to a live event, visit


Photo: The Paris Opera Ballet performing Rain by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Photo © Agathe Poupeney/Opéra national de Paris.