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Patrick Dupond

A Star Dancer

Patrick Dupond entered the Ecole Nationale de l'Opéra de Paris at the age of ten. Five years later, in view of his exceptional gifts, he was granted a special dispensation in order to join the corps de ballet of the prestigious company. It was at the age of sixteen that he began to interpret roles of "Etoile" and thus climb the hierarchical levels of the National Theatre.

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Discover his career
as a Star Dancer

Propelled onto the international stage in 1976, at the age of only 17, thanks to his triumphant victory at the international ballet competition in Varna (Bulgaria), organised by the very famous Bolshoi Theatre, Patrick Dupond further obtained the title of ‘Etoile’ in 1980.

His taste for the diversity and accessibility of dance inspired his performances on the stages of the biggest international theatres and showed loud and clear the unique quality of French dance; at the same time, he was in the spotlight of national and international media. He danced with the greatest choreographers: Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Béjart, Alvin Ailey and had famous stage partners: Noëlla Pontois, Maya Plitseskaya, Sylvie Guillem, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, to name but a few. Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, Commander of Arts and Letters, Knight of the National Order of Merit, he was appointed artistic director of the French Ballet of Nancy in 1988 and succeeded Rudolf Nureyev at the head of the Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris in 1990, at the record age of thirty. Besides his impressive repertory of ballets, he also appeared in a dozen films. He was also the first dancer-actor to be appointed president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.

Dance is a poem in which each movement is a word.

A man of all challenges and fights, he recovered from a serious car accident in January 2000, against all odds and despite an unfavourable medical diagnosis. His encounter with Leïla Da Rocha, Artist and Choreographer, in 2004, marked a new momentum in his personal and professional life. He thus deeply reconnected with what he had never stopped doing throughout his career: rubbing shoulders with the "champions" of creativity, excelling himself and valuing humility.

Jacques Séguéla said of him in the 80s: “He is a Dancer for Change”.

For 17 years, Leïla Da Rocha and him traveled together on a soul-mate journey, combining the classic elegance of the Star Dancer and the multicultural richness of the Choreographer. They dedicated their lives and their art to the service of humanity. Patrick Dupond said: "She is undoubtedly the heiress of the great choreographers of the 20th century, contributes her own writing and brings a new perspective to the dance of today and tomorrow.”