Aurélie Dupont, Paris's
by Patricia Boccadoro
6 February 1999- Amid cheers from her colleagues backstage at the
Palais Garnier, Aurélie Dupont was nominated "Etoile"
on December 31st, 1998, after her performance as Kitri in Rudolf
Nureyev's production of Don Quixotte.
pretty girl, she is a dancer of great intelligence with perfect
physical proportions in the style of Margot Fonteyn or Elisabeth
The twenty-five year
old ballerina, who has repeatedly proved her worth for several
seasons, entered the Opéra school in 1983, joining the company
six years later. Gold medallist at Varna (category juniors) in 1992,
winner of the French Prix du Cercle Carpeaux in 1993, and that of the
A.R.O.P. (Association pour le rayonnement de l'Opéra de Paris)
in 1994, Aurélie Dupont is a very dramatic dancer able to adapt
to any style. Equally at ease in works of Pina Bausch or Angelin
Preljocaj, she also has that pure classical line necessary for all the
She can also adapt to any partner.
Rehearsing for the 1998 production of The Nutcracker with
Nicolas Le Riche, who fell sick the night before the performance, she
danced for the first time with Laurent Hilaire who injured himself in
the second act. Few were those who noticed that the Prince had taken
on the features of José Martinez who had fortunately been
watching from the wings, and gallantly helped her out in the last act!
Dupont was also acclaimed the night before as a particularly brilliant
Gamzatti in The Bayadère.
What a happy start
to 1999 for Aurélie!
Photo : Aurélie
Credit : Icare / Moatti
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