Paris, 1482. Today is the festival of the fools, taking place like each year in the square outside Cathedral Notre Dame. Among jugglers and other entertainers, Esmeralda, a sensuous gypsy, performs a bewitching dance in front of delighted spectators. From up in a tower of the cathedral, Frollo, an alchemist, gazes at her lustfully. Later in the night, Frollo orders Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer and his faithful servant, to kidnap Esmeralda. But when the ugly freak comes close to her is touched by the young woman's beauty...
La belle Esmeralda danse sur le parvis de Notre-Dame. Plusieurs hommes sont amoureux d'elle : l'alchimiste Claude Frollo, le bossu Quasimodo, le poète Gringoire et le capitaine des archers Phoebus.
Das vielfach verfilmte Drama erzählt die Geschichte von Quasimodo, des Glöckners von Notre-Dame, der sich in die schöne Esmeralda verliebt. Allerdings ist er nicht der Einzige, der sich für die Schöne interessiert.
A musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel "Notre Dame de Paris" which follows the gypsy dancer Esmeralda and the three men who vie for her love: the kind hunchback Quadimodo, the twisted priest Frollo, and the unfaithful soldier Phoebus. Victor Hugo's beautiful story of love and death is here transformed into a stunning piece of choreography starring Paris National Opera etoiles Isabelle Guerin and Nicolas Le Riche. The ballet features a score by film composer Maurice Jarre, and costumes designed by the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. The ballet, created in 1965 at the Paris Opera, has frequently been revived. Now, thirty-six years later, with its clear and incisive language, its poetic pas de deux and passionate trios, and the staging which makes the crowd scenes so intense, Roland Petit's Notre-Dame de Paris has become a modern classic.