Dance the Night Away at the Musée d’Orsay

Dance the Night Away at the Musée d’Orsay

At the Musée d’Orsay, visitors can see some of the world’s greatest masterpieces in a repurposed train station. In addition to art exhibitions, the museum also organizes various cultural events including classical music concerts and film screenings. On May 17, 2014, the Musée d’Orsay will hold a group dance lesson for anyone wishing to learn a few moves in the elegant space.

The event is planned as part of the 10th annual Night of Museums (Nuit des Muséees), during which the most prestigious museums in the City of Light organize special activities and viewings in order to encourage both residents and visitors of Paris to explore their art offerings. At the Musée d’Orsay, this includes dance.

Choreographer José Montalvo will welcome everyone — from those with no dancing experience at all to experts — to join the lesson that begins at 8 p.m. for children and 10 p.m. for adults. The course is actually part of a larger event called the Grand Bal, which encourages participants to learn new dance steps in a ballroom setting.

José Montalvo most recent work was Don Quichotte du Trocadéro, which was performed in 2013 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot as well as during the Edinburgh International Festival.

Moreover, guides will be present to explain works related to dancing that are displayed throughout the museum. Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin are just a few of the artists whose pieces related to dance will be presented on the evening of Saturday, May 17th.

Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can therefore dance with a successful professional choreographer in the magnificent ‘Salle des Fêtes’ (‘party room’) of the Musée d’Orsay. Those who do are guaranteed to have an experience like none other during their stay in Paris.