Cyril Atanassoff

(b. 1941)

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(b Puteaux, 30 Jun. 1941)

French dancer. He studied at Paris Opera Ballet School and made his debut with the company in 1957. He was appointed premier danseur in 1962 and étoile in 1964. A dancer of impeccably precise technique he was greatly admired by Balanchine whenever he danced in the latter's ballets. He also had a powerful dramatic talent which was revealed when Béjart created the role of the Young Man for him in La Damnation de Faust (1964). He also created roles in Petit's Notre-Dame de Paris (1965) and Nana (1976); in Butler's Intégrales and Amériques (both 1973); and in Spoerli's La Fille mal gardée (1981). He guested with companies throughout the world and after retiring from principal roles in 1986 he continued to work as a teacher and to dance occasional character roles.

Subjects: Dance.

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