The Odéon – Théatre de L’Europe, is one of the key players in Paris’ artistic landscape. Managed by director and scenographer Stéphane Braunschweig since 2016, the venue cultivates a theatre focused on openness and diversity, at the crossroads of generations and artistic trends. Inaugurated in 1782, as home to the Théâtre-Français troupe (aka Comédie-Française, it was the first monumental building in Paris to be entirely dedicated to theatrical art. Since 1947, it has been classified as a historical monument. There is much to admire, such as its proscenium ‘Italian-style’ hall, which today has 800 seats, and its neoclassical-style architecture. In 2005, the Ateliers Berthier, located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, became the official second theatre of the Odéon – Théatre de L’Europe.
Photographer Benjamin Chelly takes a look at the venues. Here, we reveal a few of his pictures.