Elephant Paname Cultural Centre in Paris
In a fully restored Napoleon III mansion house, you will find a cultural centre that incorporates different forms of arts, including exhibitions, dance, music, lectures, shows, performances, gastronomy and much more, with workshops, dance lessons, rehearsal rooms, etc also available.
About the Elephant Paname in Paris
The Elephant Paname was established by Fanny Fiat, a former opera dancer and her brother Laurent Fiat, a visual artist, who wanted to incorporate all different forms of art into one cultural place where people could learn, enjoy and ultimately experience new things.
The location chosen was a mansion house in between the Place Vendome and the Palais Garnier Opera House, which needed a major amount of renovations after the building had been modified over the years including false ceilings being ripped out.
And what they discovered was a rich and historical interior from the Napoleon III era, which meant that renovations took over two years to complete in order to bring the building back to its former glory, yet still being able to add modern and high tech equipments to incorporate the dance studios, exhibition spaces, plus much more.
You will find the overall mansion incorporates living and discovery space in two separate wings that are connected by a courtyard, which has a glass covered dome, so you can enjoy a unique atmosphere with its grandeur, whilst bridging the gap between arts and general public.
Now, as we have mentioned there are different exhibitions held throughout the year, such as one that was running during April and May 2015 called the Play of the Brilliants, that focuses on light and emotions through different aspects, whereas one of the concerts for June was with an opera singer and the evening started with a glass of champagne.
However, different workshops are also held, and of these running up until July 2015 was called Dance Like Beyonce, yet there are also numerous different classes that you can attend by prior reservation such as Yoga and Pilates.
But on top of this, there are also dance lessons available by independent and qualified teachers, so you could learn Latin, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tango and Contemporary, through to Ballet, Modern, Oriental and Tap, but not forgetting classes such as Self Defence with the Krav Maga system that is suitable for all and designed for real life situations.
And you may be pleased to know that there are also dedicated mens and womens changing rooms available with spacious showers, lockers and hair dryers, etc.
Yet we cannot finish talking about the Elephant Paname without mentioning the gourmet restaurant in Paris called Goust, run by one of the worlds top sommeliers, Enrico Bernardo, who was voted best in the world at aged 27 in 2004.
So, here you can enjoy an intimate romantic meal on the first floor of the Elephant Paname Napoleon III building, with your wine being pared precisely to the dishes you order, which combines French cuisine and Mediterranean cuisine from the competent Spanish chef, making every course a gastronomic delight and experience you will cherish.
Visiting the Elephant Paname Cultural Centre in Paris
The Elephant Paname exhibition rooms are open on a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 11am to 7pm, however, last ticket sales are one hour prior to closing time and all vary in cost, and often have to be booked in advance due to the limited number of places available.
Whereas the dance studios are open on a Monday through to a Saturday from 9.30am to 9.30pm and on a Sunday from 11am to 7pm, yet we would like to point out that these are only accessible by prior reservations, and often directly with the dance or class teacher.
However, we would also like to mention that Elephant Paname is closed on certain National French holidays such as 1st May, 25th December, etc and the opening times can vary depending upon the type of event, such as a specific concert or show, yet you may be pleased to know that the place is accessible to the disabled.
Now , you will find the Elephant Paname located in the 2nd Arrondissement close to many different tourist attractions, and when it comes to reaching here via public transport in Paris, you will find that the nearest Metro station is the Opera stop serving lines 3, 7 and 8 whereas the nearest RER train station is the Auber stop serving line A.
Yet there are numerous different Paris buses that stop near to Goust and the Elephant Paname, which include the lines 20, 22, 27, 42, 52, 66, 81 and 95, but a little further away and you could utilise the Madeleine Metro station that serves lines 8, 12 and 14.
Address and Contact Details
10 Rue Volney
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 49 27 83 33
- Goust d’Enrico Bernardo Gourmet Restaurant
Tourist attractions close by
- Place Vendome
- Cafe de la Paix
- Musee de la Parfumerie Fragonard
- Palais Garnier Opera House
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