(b Paris, 14 Mar. 1959)
French dancer and director. He studied at Paris Opera School and graduated into the Paris company in 1975, becoming premier danseur in 1979 and étoile in 1980. His precocious talent won him the Varna Gold Medal, with a special citation for excellence at the age of 17. From the beginning of his career his flamboyantly virtuoso technique and charismatic charm attracted the interest of contemporary choreographers and although he danced the classical repertory he was best known for his created roles in, for example, Neumeier's Vaslav (orig. chor. in Hamburg, 1979, but soon after taken into the Paris Opera repertory), Petit's Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (1980), Ailey's Au bord de précipice (1983), Nureyev's Romeo and Juliet (1984), Béjart's Salomé (1985), and Tharp's Grand Pas: Rhythm of the Saints (1991). His handsome looks and theatrical flair brought him international star status and from 1980 he danced widely as a guest artist with, among others, Ballet du Rhin, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet of the 20th Century, and Twyla Tharp. In 1985 he founded his own group, Patrick Dupond and Stars, appearing also as principal guest artist with Paris Opera, and in 1988 he became artistic director of Ballet de Nancy. Between 1990 and 1995 he was director of the Paris Opera where he brought in works by Tharp, Robbins, Graham and others. After leaving he continued to dance there as étoile until 1997, also appearing in television and film. In 1999 he starred in a dance and equestrian spectacle (with the equestrian Ballet du Cadre Noir de Saumur), choreographed by J.-H. Tanto, but a serious accident the following year curtailed his activities. He was made Commandeur des arts et lettres in 1988.
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