Theâtre des Champs-Elysées

15, avenue Montaigne - 75008 Paris - 01 49 52 50 50

theatre des champs elysees
Here, on 29 may 1913, the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev first performed to the music of the Stravinsky piece le Sacre du Printemps. Riots followed the performance which was shocking in its originality and modernity. Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Nijinsky, and Cocteau fled the mobs for the Bois de Boulogne and drove around while Diaghilev wept. Inaugurated in 1913, the theater was one of the first buildings of reinforced concrete in Paris. It was designed by Auguste Perret, who was later hired to reconstruct the entire port city od le Havre after World War II. Today it is the city's most celebrated classical music venue. It also hosts opera and dance performances. North american footnotes : on 2 october 1925, la Revue Negre opened here, John Dos Passos painted the  show's stage set, Sidney Bechet played clarinet, and Josephine Baker danced "Yes, Sir, that's my baby". In May 1927 a Charles Lindbergh autograph sold for 1500 dollars at an auction held at the theater. The name of his plane, The Spirit of St Louis, pleased the french, who associated is not with Missouri but with the saintliest of their line of kings. And on 16 april 1928, the Gershwins attended the opening of a performance of la Rhapsodie in Blue by the Ballets russes.

At the top of Theatre des Champs Elysées, there is an excellent trendy restaurant : la Maison Blanche.

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