Théâtre du Châtelet: 8 Days Until Paris.

Posted by on 06.23.2011

The Théâtre du Châtelet:

The Théâtre du Châtelet was built between 1860 and 1862 along the bank of the Seine.  The building was designed by Gabriel Davioud with the original name Théâtre Impérial du Châtelet.  The theater originally seated 3,000 people, but after going many renovations in past years, it now seats 2,500 people who look out over a stage of 24 x 35 meters.  The theater is known for it’s exceptional acoustics and the house’s generous slope, allowing audience members terrific views of the stage.  The Théâtre du Châtelet was originally used only for dramas until the 20th century when operettas, ballets, and classical concerts began to call the Châtelet their home.

In 1979 the City of Paris took over the Châtelet’s operations and began a major renovation.  The theater then re-opened in 1980 under the name, Théâtre Musical de Paris.  In 1989 the theater underwent acoustic restoration before re-opening again with the current name, Théâtre du Châtelet.

Famous composers including Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Richard Strauss, and Debussy have conducted their own works in this historic landmark.  In 1908, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes began their first season on the Châtelet stage, delighting audiences with a combination of opera and ballet.  The stage has seen innumerous famous artists over the theater’s near two century existence.

What a history this building has.  What an honor it will be to step foot in a place that has once held such geniuses.  What an experience this will be.

2 Comments

  1. Hi. Color me jealous. I love gorgeous old world buildings like in your photos. Also, someone on Book of The Face, either Ballet News or The Ballet Bag, shared a YouTube of your company practicing French. It was humorous and wonderfully fun.

    • I worked with fellow dancer Callie Manning to get the footage for that video. I am so glad it was such a hit. We had a fabulous time making it happen!

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