Peeping Tom

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June 2023

“Peeping Tom” or the voyeur. The name of this company, founded in Brussels in 2000 by Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier, is enough to convey the hallmark of its two founders: a theatrical form of dance offering fresh readings of life’s events as dreamlike as they are brutal. Drawn into worlds evoked by hyper-realistic decors – a mobile home, a cellar, a museum or an old people’s home – the spectator oscillates between tragedy and burlesque, tenderness and anxiety, dream and reality. For Peeping Tom, the huis clos of familiar situations remains an important source of creativity: Moeder (Mother) is the second volume in a trilogy on the family which began with Vader (Father) in 2014 and was completed in 2019 with Kind (Child). Peeping Tom performs at the Palais Garnier for the first time with its latest production: Diptych, composed of The Missing Door and The Lost Room, a new adaptation of pieces created for the dancers of the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT l).

Program and cast

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Triptych : The missing door, The lost room and The hidden floor

New to the repertoire

Registered music

Artistic director :

Franck Chartier

Gabriela Carrizo

Concept and staging :

Gabriela Carrizo

Franck Chartier

Sound design, arrangements :

Raphaëlle Latini

Ismaël Colombani

Annalena Fröhlich

Louis‑Clément Da Costa

Eurudike De Beul

Lighting design :

Tom Visser

Costume design :

Seoljin Kim

Yichun Liu

Louis‑Clément Da Costa

Set design :

Gabriela Carrizo

Justine Bougerol

Production Peeping Tom
Coproduction Opéra national de Paris, Festiva grec barcelona, Opéra de Lille, Tanz Köln, Desingel Anvers, Festival Aperto/Fondazione I Teatri (Reggio Emilia), Festival/Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale (Turin), Dampfzentrale Bern, Oriente Occidente Dance Festival (Rovereto)
Théâtre National Wallonie‑Bruxelles, Torinodanza, Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival
Triptych: The missing door, The lost Room and the hidden floor est réalisé avec le soutien du Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge, avec le soutien des autorités flamandes


Dancers :

Konan Dayot

Fons Dhossche

Lauren Langlois

Panos Malactos

Alejandro Moya

Fanny Sage

Eliana Stragapede

Wan-Lun Yu

Photo gallery
Maarten Vanden Abeele
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Virginia Rota
© Maarten Vanden Abeele
Om care trage cu ochiul
Herman Sorgeloo
© Maarten Vanden Abeele

Paris Opera Palace Garnier

The Paris Opera (French: Opéra de Paris, or simply the Opéra) is the primary opera company of Paris. It was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV as the Académie d'Opéra and shortly thereafter was placed under the leadership of Jean-Baptiste Lully and renamed the Académie Royale de Musique. Classical ballet as we know it today arose within the Paris Opera as the Paris Opera Ballet and has remained an integral and important part of the company. Currently called the Opéra national de Paris, it primarily produces operas at its modern 2700-seat theatre Opéra Bastille which opened in 1989, and ballets and some classical operas at the older 1970-seat Palais Garnier which opened in 1875. Small scale and contemporary works are also staged in the 500-seat Amphitheatre under the Opéra Bastille.
The company's annual budget is in the order of 200 million euros, of which 100 million come from the French state and 70 million from box office receipts. With this money, the company runs the two houses and supports a large permanent staff, which includes the orchestra of 170, a chorus of 110 and the corps de ballet of 150
Each year, the Opéra presents about 380 performances of opera, ballet and other concerts, to a total audience of about 800,000 people (of which 17% come from abroad), which is a very good average seat occupancy rate of 94%In the 2012/13 season, the Opéra presents 18 opera titles (two in a double bill), 13 ballets, 5 symphonic concerts and two vocal recitals, plus 15 other programmes. The company's training bodies are also active, with 7 concerts from the Atelier Lyrique and 4 programmes from the École de Danse.

The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. The theatre is also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, and historically was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, as it was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille. The Paris Opera now mainly uses the Palais Garnier for ballet.

The Palais Garnier is "probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, or the Sacré Coeur Basilica." This is at least partly due to its use as the setting for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera and, especially, the novel's subsequent adaptations in films and Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular 1986 musical. Another contributing factor is that among the buildings constructed in Paris during the Second Empire, besides being the most expensive, it has been described as the only one that is "unquestionably a masterpiece of the first rank." This opinion is far from unanimous however: the 20th-century French architect Le Corbusier once described it as "a lying art" and contended that the "Garnier movement is a décor of the grave".

The Palais Garnier also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum). Although the Library-Museum is no longer managed by the Opera and is part of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the museum is included in unaccompanied tours of the Palais Garnier.

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