❝ The Prix de Lausanne is a springboard to professional world for all those who have not been able to enter the schools of major companies. It is a unique experience, a moment of exchange and transmission between future dancers and professionals in this field. It is also the possibility for these young people to meet each other in their style, their work and their very different way of approaching this art that they have chosen, consciously or unconsciously.
What a joy and honour it is for me to participate as a jury in this great competition of talented young dancers! The Prix de Lausanne was the “starter” of my career so this is a way of giving back what has been generously given to me.❞
Former Étoile, Opéra national de Paris
Coach for young dancers
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 1992
After studying at the Toulouse Regional Conservatory, she won the First Prize at the Prix de Lausanne in 1992, which allowed her to enter the first division of the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 1993, at only 18, she joined the Corps de Ballet of the main company.
In 1994, she won the Silver Medal at the Varna International Competition in the junior category. The same year, she was promoted to Coryphée. In 1997, she won the Prix du Cercle Carpeaux, before progressively climbing the ranks of the Paris National Opera, from Subject in 1999 to First Dancer in 2000.
She is known for her roles of : Polymnie in Apollon Musagète, Emeraudes /Joyaux (Balanchine), Catherine in Wuthering Heights (Belarbi), The Vertiginious Thrill of Exactitude (Forsythe), Bella Figura (Kylián), Henriette in Raymonda, Clara in The Nutcracker, Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Cupdidon in Don Quixote (Nureyev), Other Dances, or The Cage (Robbins).
At the end of her performance in Don Quixote (Nureyev) on May 2nd, 2002, where she danced the role of Kitri for the first time, she was named Étoile.
She has since added to her repertoire: Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovski’s Pas de Deux, Agon, Serenade, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Waltz, Liebeslieder Walzer (Balanchine), Nouredda in La Source (J.- G. Bart), the title role of Giselle (after Coralli and Perrot), Pulcinella (Dunn), Woundwork 1 (Forsythe), the title role of Paquita (Lacotte after Mazilier and Petipa), Etudes (Lander), La Lune in Caligula (Le Riche), Suite en blanc (Lifar), Manon in L’Histoire de Manon (MacMillan), Nathalie and Garance in Les Enfants du paradis (Martinez), The Accused in Fall River Legend (de Mille), Chloé in Daphnis et Chloe (Millepied), the title role in Sylvia, Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony, the title role in The Lady of the Camellias (Neumeier), Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, one of the Sisters and the title role in Cinderella, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Odette / Odile in Swan Lake (Nureyev), The Young Girl in The Wolf (Petit), The Park (Preljocaj), the title role in Psyche (Ratmansky) and the role of the Elderly Sister in The House of Bernarda (Ek).
Main creations at the Opéra national de Paris:
Paquita – Pas de trois (Lacotte after Mazilier and Petipa, 2001), the title role in La Petite Danseuse de Degas (P. Bart, 2003), Triade (Millepied, 2008), L’Anatomie de la sensation (McGregor, 2011), Sous Apparence (Gillot, 2012), Le Chant de la terre (Neumeier, 2015)
She has been given the distinction of Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.