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Best Performing Arts in Paris

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Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM)

This space for dance and other performing arts is located under the Place Igor Stravinsky, on level -1 of the Pompidou Center. The theater is actually a part of the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music) founded in 1977. Concerts, theater plays and other shows are organized by this institute and presented in various theaters in Paris.

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Metamorphosis

What do you get when you combine fine dining with theater? A place called Metamorphosis. An old barge cleverly converted into a dining area and stage with a glass roof, attracts lots of people everyday. The traditional cuisine served here goes well with the illusions, jokes, mimicry, magic and other shows performed. Be there among the 120 who get fascinated each night. Their services are available at quai de Montebello from April until the end of October.

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Opéra Bastille

The Opéra Bastille is a round unique venue, located right at the Place de la Bastille. It is one of the most modern buildings in Europe and has a unique and unforgettable contemporary look. Originally created to make opera more accessible to the masses, the Opéra Bastille holds both ballet and opera performances. Operas are in French as well as in other languages. The building also has a bar and a restaurant.

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Théâtre de la Bastille

The avant-garde is not dead at the Théâtre de la Bastille, a dark little theater featuring dance and drama in a lively, hip district, a stone's throw from the opera house of the same name. The place used to be a cinema before the 1970s. The atmosphere is young and informal and the shows are experimental. They also have an in-house bar where you can down a drink or munch on snacks pre or post the show. They also offer numerous workshops to the culturally-inclined crowd.

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Theatre De La Michodière

Posters advertising the Michodière's shows can be seen in seemingly every street and métro station in Paris, and with good reason: the plays staged here are often among the city's biggest hits. Be it comedy or drama on the program, an evening spent in this popular and long-established theater (1925) of 700 seats is sure to be memorable, both for the play and for the decor.

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Opéra Comique

Despite a recent tendency towards experimental music, the Opéra Comique, also called Popular Musical Theater, still hosts quite a few of the comic (and other) operas that are its namesake. This comfortable gilded-age theater, the smallest of the major Parisian opera venues, also presents symphonic concerts regularly. The venue is done up in a nice Italian style decor typical of the end of the 19th Century with nice moldings and a lovely fresco on the ceiling.

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Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier, named after the architect who designed it in 1862, was immortalized by writer Gaston Leroux in his book Phantom of the Opera. The architecture is a mixture of baroque, classical, Greek and Napoléonic styles. Adorned with mosaics, the foyer has a cupola decorated by painter Marc Chagall and an impressive Rococo staircase, which leads to the theater's magnificent reception rooms. Outside, four stone statues represent allegories of Music, Lyric Poetry, Lyric Theater, and Dance. Since the opening of the Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier has concentrated on dance.

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Casino de Paris

The Casino de Paris is not a casino at all but a grand old theater hidden in a little street near the St-Lazare train station, features a varied slate of performances including top-notch musicals, comedians, jazz and rock artists. The theater has recently instituted simultaneous interpretation for the deaf and hearing-impaired. The décor is beautiful and the place is well-known for the quality of its concerts and shows.

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Point Éphémère

Point Éphémère is the place where artists from various disciplines reside and work. The venue - originally designated as a temporary (and thus ephemeral) venue for artistic collaboration, houses four visual art studios, five music studios, and a dance studio. A multimedia platform and concert hall that can accommodate up to 300 people allows ample scope for entertainment. There is also a 400-square meter (1300-square foot) exhibition hall. You could also learn something new at the textile workshops conducted here. And after all the activity, head to the on-site French restaurant and bar to satisfy your appetite; while you eat, you can enjoy an altogether picturesque view of the Saint-Martin Canal.

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Moulin Rouge

Founded in 1889, this legendary cabaret is known to the world over for being the birthplace of the famous French form of dance, can-can, forever immortalized in the paintings of French artist Toulouse-Lautrec. This landmark red windmill near Montmartre attracted the free spirits and artistic souls of Paris' Belle Epoque with its extravagant and risque performances. Although during World War I popularity dropped off, it rebounded greatly with the advent of the glitzy dancer Mistinguette, perhaps the cabaret's most iconic performer, in the 1920s. Today, the red lights of the Moulin Rouge still glow in Pigalle, where visitors can get a taste of Paris' Golden Age.

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Cité de la musique

The Cité de la Musique (City of Music) in the late-modernist La Villette park, is one spectacular success among former President Mitterrand's ambitious public works projects. Cité is a postmodern structure containing exhibit spaces, classrooms, a café, a museum featuring interesting exhibition featuring classical instruments, paintings and sculptures, and, most importantly, concert spaces featuring vocal and instrumental classical music, jazz and world music performances.

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National Dance Center

The dance space at the Centre National de la Danse (National Dance Center) hosts various companies and shows, more often modern than not, with very simple costumes and sceneries. The CND, one of France's most important dance centers, also offers a full slate of films, lectures, debates, etc. on the subject of dance. Possibility of yearly subscriptions.

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