Thursday, February 17, 2011

Les danseuses - Palais Garnier



On the marble steps in this beautiful opera house, we found these petite dancers lighting the way.


How sweet are they?


41 comments:

J. Evan Kreider said...

I have used their archives but have never been able to attend a performance in this house. The acoustics must be magnificent. I liked to imagine the horse-drawn carriages transporting the finest of Paris to the evening's entertainment, pulling up the ramp to drop them off at the entry, one floor above street level. The lights you photographed on the marble stairs are so deliciously delicate.

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

Oh, they are adorable!! I would love to have one of them in my apartment!

Helen said...

Genie - they are simply stunning.

Cezar and Léia said...

They are adorable!You always find lovely and gorgeous things to show us! MErci!
Léia

RICHARD MOISAN said...

Je ne connaissais pas. C'est magnifique! La pose des danseuses et leur éclairage doivent donner à cet endroit une atmosphère magique.
Bravo, Genie!

SoozNooz said...

My goodness - these are wonderful. I think it would be magical to see I show here...I just might have to oblige myself x

Shell Sherree said...

Genie, how delicate and beautiful ~ I would love to have some dancing up my stairs, too.

biebkriebels said...

They look beautiful with their different poses.

Alexa said...

You can have the new opera house (except for the fact that you can actually see an opera there, of course!)—I'll take the Garnier any day. What a wonderful find (and photo) this is, Genie!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

How interesting! What are they made from? For the life of me I can't figure it out. It almost looks like a material or paper skirt in which a light is placed inside.

Elizabeth said...

So pretty! They look so delicate.

M said...

Genie, le sigh, aaaahhhh ... What delightfully delicate lumieres. And what creativity! Thank you for sharing such a unique photo. It just made my hectic morning mellow! (Hoping they are still there in April) Bises, M

JM said...

What a great find. The petites danseuses are absolutely lovely! Wonderful shot, Genie.

My Castle in Spain said...

Fantastique, Genie ! and adorably delicate..

Aesthetic Alterations said...

Those are beautiful! Seeing them would be a sure way of getting me inside the Garnier Opera House! It's like a childhood fairy story.

Malyss said...

Oh! how lovely and beautyful! what a great idea!That's marvellous!

Virginia said...

See, I should have insisted on trying to get in there. These are magical and beautifully photographed!
V

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Adorable, Genie!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful! Is it a temporary exhibition?

Halcyon said...

These are just lovely! And they fit perfectly with the post I have on my travel blog today. It was inspired by you... so come take a look. :)

Pam Holnback said...

Stunning pieces. Stunning photo!

Rob and Mandy said...

Well......... Having lived in Turkey for several years, they actually remind me very much of sufi dervishes.

vicki archer said...

They are very lovely.....xv

Loree said...

They are really, really pretty.

Kate said...

I love the scene and that which was described by your first responder. Could not have said it any better!!

James said...

Beautiful shot! You are so lucky. I would love to have seen this.

Lucy the Cat said...

I've been here but have not seen these. I wonder if they're new. This is a lovely picture and these dancers lend a mysterious elegance. I love the way you captured them.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Evan -- I have the same romantic view of this opera house as you... I am hoping to attend a performance here, for the music and to see the theatre ceiling... Merci, mon ami!

Vreni -- I thought about one but it would be almost impossible to fly it home to the US... tant pis pour moi

Helen -- Merci, mon amie!

Léia -- And I will continue to look for these special things... promise!

Richard -- Merci, mon ami... je les adore

Suzi -- Check online to see your choices for the time you are there... just make sure that you are looking at Garnier and not Bastille (if you want to be here)

Shell -- Merci, dear friend... They almost looked like they were dancing and all different

biebkriebels -- I do not think that there were any duplicates among these dancers, merci

Alexa -- I am with you on that... I am sure that Bastille would have some wonderful performances but do they have a phantom???

Brittany -- I think that the bodies are paper maché and the skirts are fine, natural paper... They were not white but more of a natural color. You can see another one on my post on Dec 15 2010.

Elizabeth -- Merci, and so glad that you stopped by!

Marie -- The music in the background was delightful adding to the euphoric feeling... merci!

José -- Merci, mon ami... I am so glad that they had arranged themselves so well on the marble steps

Lala -- You know this place well and I wish that you had been there with us to open special doors, wink

AA -- I think that I made little noises when I saw these fairy creatures

Malyss -- So glad that you like these... merci

Virginia -- Merci, V

Carol -- You should put this on your list of places to go...

Cynthia -- No, but they are for sale

Halcyon -- Well, I just "followed" you on your travel blog as I do not want to miss your beautiful posts... left you a comment there... Merci!

Pam -- I am glad that you like this... start a list for your "bucket"

Rob and Mandy -- I had to look them up to be sure but I have seen videos of them and can see the resemblance... Merci!

vicki -- Merci, and glad to see you

Loree -- Merci, mon amie

Kate -- Evan is a great photographer and has a good handle on the atmosphere (and the F-stop - hah!)

James -- Merci, between us we could find much to shoot in Paris for sure!

Lucy -- Merci, mon p'tit chat... I think that they were there for the holidays but I will check on my next visit

Jack said...

They are very cute, Genie, but I gotta tell you that I have no idea what I am seeing . . . how big they are, where they are (I originally though they were on stairs, but not after clicking it big), etc. I guess it will just have to be one of the mysteries of life.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Jack -- You can see the relative size on my Dec 15, 2010 post as there is one in that window photo... They are on marble steps and are about 12 to 14 inches (est)... I have another photo to post that shows a photographer in action getting these lovelies... Merci

akissfromthepast said...

Adorable lamps!!!!! elegant and nice desing! :) i would like to have one of those dancing at my doorsteps! you have nice blog!

Jack said...

Ah, yes, I went to the December 15 post and I understand a little better now. Thanks.

TheChieftess said...

what a lovely way to light your way to your seat at the ballet!!! I went to the ballet there on my thirtieth birthday!!! I went with friends that I met at the youth hostel (I was traveling alone in Europe at the time) and finished the evening on the Left Bank...(we walked through the red light district, unbeknownst to us until we saw the "ladies" standing in the doorways, paying more attention to the guy we were with than anyone else!) The memory is getting fuzzy, but I do remember the grandeur of the l'opera house!!! Gorgeous!!!

Starman said...

Oh...I love these lights.

Randy said...

What beautiful night lights! They look like a scene from a dream.

weekend et coup de brosse said...

j'adore vos photos et vos sujets ne manquent pas d'interêt! magnifique!
cath

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

a kiss -- Merci, and I love that design as well... your blog is nice as well, mon ami

Jack -- It is hard to give perspective when I post only one photo (usually)

Chieftess -- Oh, how I would have loved to have gone there on my 30th b-day... What an adventure you had and memories like that may slightly fade but they never leave us... merci!

Starman -- Merci, mon ami

Randy -- There must have been 20 of them on the steps

weekend -- Please visit me often... j'aime bien tes commentaires... Merci

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Wicked cool!!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love the masthead on your blog!!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Mary -- Thank you, the banner photo takes me to that very moment when we had a picnic on the bridge with "new friends" -- glad that you like it!

Louise said...

Oh wow! I saw a dancer lamp too in the Palais Garnier- but not a massed display like this. Beautiful.