Ghislaine Thesmar

(b. 1943)

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(b Peking, 1943)

French dancer. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire and made her debut with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in 1961. She danced with Pierre Lacotte's company, Ballet National des Jeunesses Musicales de France, and married him in 1968. She also danced with Ballet Rambert, Petit's company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and from 1972 to 1985 was an étoile at the Paris Opera Ballet. She created roles in Petit's Formes (1967), Shéhérazade (1974), and La Nuit transfigurée (1976), Nault's Catulli Carmina (1969) and Pas Rompu (1969), and created the title role in Lacotte's television production of La Sylphide in 1971. She appeared as a guest artist with New York City Ballet in 1976. From 1986 to 1988 she and Lacotte were joint artistic directors of the Ballets de Monte Carlo. She then taught at the Paris Opera Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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