(b Paris, 30 Jul. 1945)
French dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. He studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School and joined the company in 1959, becoming a member of the corps de ballet before his fifteenth birthday. He was promoted to danseur étoile in 1972. He excelled in demi-caractère roles, and was particularly noted for his Blue Bird. He became ballet master of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1986 (a position he still holds) and briefly acted as interim ballet director. He retired from the stage in 1989. His first choreography was for the Berlin Staatsoper Ballet, a new staging of Don Quixote, in 1993, which was later taken into the repertoire of the Finnish National Ballet (1995). His other versions of the classics include Coppélia (Paris Opera, 1996), Swan Lake (Berlin Staatsoper, 1997), and La Bayadère (Bavarian State Ballet, 1998). In 2003 he choreographed La Petite Danseuse de Degas (mus. Denis Levaillant) for the Paris Opera. Gold medal, Moscow (1969).