Brigitte Lefèvre

(b. 1944)

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(b Moulins en Gilbert, 15 Nov. 1944)

French dancer, choreographer, and director. She studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School from the age of 8 and entered the company aged 16, but continued her studies in other areas of modern dance and jazz, creating her first work, Mikrokosmos (mus. Bartók) for the Avignon Festival in 1970. In 1972 she left the POB to co-found the Théâtre du Silence with Jacques Garnier, which was based in La Rochelle (1974–85). Alongside their own work she and Garnier presented works by international choreographers, including Cunningham and Lubovitch. In 1985 she was appointed principal inspector of dance at the Ministry of Culture, in 1992 she became general director of the Paris Opera House and in 1994 deputy director of the Opera House and director of the ballet. From 1995 her duties were focused on artistic direction of the Paris Opera Ballet, and while maintaining the classical repertory she also pursued a policy of bringing in more modern repertory including works by Bausch and Forsythe, and commissions from Ek, Preljocaj, Teshigawara, and others. She was made Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur in 2007.

Subjects: Dance.

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