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Agora Dance with Sound Impact
Backstage at the Opera

March 15 at 3:30 p.m.
West Building, West Garden Court

Degas spent his life immersed in music, but always as an onlooker. His relationship to the opera, including the dancers, the orchestra, the patrons, and even the actual spaces—stage, backstage, orchestra pit, and boxes—greatly influenced his art. This production uses a contemporary approach to tell the story of those evenings when Degas attended the opera and how they impacted the artist and the Parisian community in the 1870s and 1880s.

Celebrating Degas at the Opéra, on view through July 5, 2020

Photo by Niko Sommaripa

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