It is 7:30 p.m. as the curtain goes up at l’Opera Garnier. I’m not going to lie, I bounce a little in my seat – I’m at the ballet in Paris! The opera house itself is exquisitely beautiful with a curving marble staircase, ornately carved paneling and massively intricate chandeliers.
The chairs are plush red velvet, the stage massive, and the history of the building evident both in the creaking wooden floors and the decor.
For me, this is the height of luxury and the epitome of a perfect night out.
Our seats are excellent and I can see the muscles in the dancer’s legs working as they bend and flex. It is some of the most beautifully technical and yet modern ballet I have ever seen. My breath stops more than once and my whole body want to dance. For me, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that compares to the beauty of ingenious choreography performed with true inspiration.
Just a regular Monday night in Paris…