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Le Carré de Baudouin : Frédéric Stucin : The Opera Oath


The Carré de Baudouin in Paris hosts an astonishing exhibition by Frédéric Stucin.

Le Serment d’Opéra is the result of a meeting between Doctor Alberto Velasco psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at the Sainte-Anne Hospital Center of  Paris psychiatry & neurosciences and Myriam Mazouzi, director of the Academy of the Paris National Opera.

Invited to pass through the doors of the Paris Opera, patients have agreed for two years to take part with the nursing staff in dance workshops led by the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, Takeru Coste and Antonin Monié.

In this redesigned common space, patients and caregivers are offered opportunities to rediscover “the other” and themselves. Through dance, stories are told, bodies touch, eyes meet; so many opportunities to transform your relationship with your own body and to increase your limits.

To support this social inclusion program, the Paris Opera Academy commissioned an artist to organize the meeting and offer an artistic perspective. Recognizable by their aesthetic inspired by the American night in cinema, Frédéric Stucin’s photographs give off an enigmatic atmosphere where dancers, patients and caregivers merge. If his work is in a documentary vein, particularly through portraiture, he immerses us in nocturnal environments created from scratch which blur the lines between reality and imagination.

This artistic proposal is structured around three moments. In the more abundant setting of the Palais Garnier, the photographer creates diptychs with variable compositions bringing patients and nursing staff into dialogue with the dancers. Close-up portraits then give a face to each participant in the project. Finally, he records bodies in movement during workshop sessions in the rehearsal spaces at the Opéra Bastille and the Palais Garnier.


Frédéric Stucin : Le Serment d’Opéra
Until September 21, 2024
Carré de Baudouin
121, rue de Ménilmontant
75020 Paris

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