Aurélien Houette, Eleonora Abbagnato, Clairemarie Osta, Ballet van de Opéra national de Paris, Frédéric Laroque, Stéphane Bullion, Nicolas Paul & Mathias Heymann
First performed in 2005, “Caligula” is ‘étoile dancer’ Nicolas Le Riche's first choreography for the Paris Opera Ballet. Intrigued by the complex and troubling personality of the Roman emperor Caligula, the choreographer evokes the torments of a frail man capable of loving the moon and idolizing his horse, a man impassioned by theatre and constantly playing a role himself. Constructed as a tragedy, the choreography follows the inexorable progression of this solitary hero towards death. Accompanied by Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’, which illustrates the irremediable passage of time, the dance, in all its depth and energy, translates the poetry and the violence inherent in a life consumed at lightning speed by excess.