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Paris Opera Ballet
The Paris Opera Ballet in rehearsal.

If you have tickets to the Paris Opera Ballet at the Harris Theater tonight--or if you find yourself happening by the Millennium Park venue--you?ll witness the year?s best parade of evening wear, as the society set turns out for an opening-night gala several years in the making. 

Onetime dancer and honorary gala chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel will lead the festivities, which mark the first time the ballet company has performed in Chicago. On the program is Giselle, a classic we were already treated to by another visiting company earlier this year; see it for free via simulcast at the Pritzker Pavilion tomorrow night.

But while we love that ghostly romance, what we?re really looking forward to is the change of pace presented by Program B (tickets are $55 to $125; the engagement runs through Sunday), a trio of French ballets that the company will perform later this week. The haunting score of Maurice Ravel?s Boléro paired with Maurice Béjart?s 1961 choreography is our personal must-see Paris Opéra Ballet moment.

Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr.; 312-334-7777 or

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