THE good resolution to start of the new year: booking the most stylish spectacles in Paris this season. Bingo, 2020 starts on a high note with an amazing programming, between plays, ballets and one-man-shows… A quick look at the best shows to reserve immediately
Angels in America at the Comédie-Française
It’s the play everyone is talking about: the American best-seller signed Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 1993, is now in the French repertory. All the ingredients are gathered to live an important moment, starting by the scenography ensured by film director Arnaud Desplechin, who already made a name for himself in The Father by Strindberg, and this time will be directed by Michel Vuillermoz, Florence Viala, Clément Hervieu Léger and Dominique Blanc.
Intrigue is at the heart of this American society of the Reagan years and the Aids epidemy. We are in New York between 1985 and 1990. Republicans are at the head of the government, the Chernobyl catastrophe is imminent, the fall of the Berlin wall is about to shake up the block politics and HIV is defined as cancer homosexual cancer.
And afterwards? We rush over to wolf down their mythical croque-monsieur and a nice glass of red wine on the heated terrace of the Nemours next to actors of the Comédie-Française.
From the 18th of January to the 27th of March at the Comédie-Française, starting at €6, reservations on billeterie.comedie-francaise.fr
Trahisons at the Theater of La Madeleine
The husband, the wife and the lover. Until here… No big news. To spice up this classic vaudeville, it’s possible to count on the talents of the English playwright and prix Nobel Prize of literature Harold Pinter.
Or how to twist narration with an intrigue that unravels upside down, beginning by the end of a love story to bounce back by a suite of amusing and cruel scenes, including the first signs of love. Add to this an amazing casting around Roschdy Zem and Michel Fau… It’s the golden nugget of the new season at La Madeleine.
And afterwards? Go off on a glam’ outing with cocktails and tempuras at Ran.
© Marcel Hartmann
DREAM at Salle Pleyel
Piloted by the incredible French choreographer Julien Lestel and produced by the superb dancer Alexandra Cardinale, DREAM is the not-to-be-missed contemporary ballet this year.
The theme? Dreaming. The dance company, already rewarded by the Prix de “La Meilleure Compagnie 2019”, presents a celestial voyage in the famous Parisian venue, where rhythm associates with brio passions, impulses and fears.
And afterwards ? Why not stick around and try the terrific Sicilian restaurant of Salle Pleyel, Noto
© Isabelle Auber Cie Julien Lestel
Crystal Pite at the Théâtre de la Ville
Are you disappointed to have missed Crystal Pite at the Paris Opéra this Fall? Very, very good news: the amazing Canadian choreographer lands at the Théâtre de la Ville starting the 1st of April and presents a new creation, Revisor, in tandem with scenographer Jonathan Young.
Inspired by the farce mode and the universe of William Forsythe, they revisit the comedy Le Revizor by Nicolas Gogol through a contemporary spectacle between gestures and words— it sounds amazing!
And afterwards? Head for the most stylish rôtisserie grill in the area, Sacré Frenchy.
Rendezvous at the Théâtre de la Ville: tickets will be sold starting the 2nd of March at theatredelaville-paris.com, to be noted in your agenda! Starting at €12.
© Michael Slobodian
Saül at the Théâtre du Châtelet
Its the big and highly awaited phenomenon of January at the Théâtre du Châtelet: the oratorio of Haendel showcased by Barrie Kosky confronts contemporary choreography with its majestic costumes and decors. Traditional modernity.
The pitch: following the mythical story of David and Goliath, taken from the New Testament, King Saul suffers from a murderous jealousy, going as far as incurring the wrath of his family. The reason? The return of David after winning against the giant Goliath…
And afterwards? A club sandwich and a cocktail at the bar of Le Fumoir is a must.
From the 21st to the 31st of January at the Théâtre du Châtelet, starting at €15, reservations on chatelet.com
© Bill Coop
Angelin Preljocaj at La Grande Halle
The famous dancer and French choreographer, Angelin Prejlocaj, wagered on the sincerity of the movement for its very couture contemporary spectacle that will take place at La Villette this summer.
Focusing on gravity, time and amplitude of gestures, the virtuoso promises an exceptional spectacle!
And afterwards? Make a bee line for a good seasonal dinner, as a loving duo of friends at Square Marcadet.
From the 2nd to the 7th of July at La Grande Halle, €32 for a full rate, reservations on lavillette.com
Gad Elmaleh back on stage
It’s already creating the buzz! Gad Elmaleh, give long years after his latest one-man show, is back on the Parisian stage this Spring with a new stand-up entitled D’ailleurs and who, is already very much in the news.
On stage, an elegant and smiling Gad, for whom the motto “laughing about everything” is all the more important since he is well-decided to bring up the question of plagiarism, of course with humour. We are in a hurry !
Starting at €54, dates and reservation on fnacspectacles.com