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Dorothée Gilbert

Season 15/16 ArtistBallet of the Opera
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On 19th November 2007, she is made an « Étoile » following a performance of The Nutcracker (Nureyev) in which she dances the role of Clara for the first time

She has since added to her repertoire: Swanilda in Coppélia, the Étoile and the title role in La Petite danseuse de Degas (Patrice Bart), The Four Temperaments, the first movement of Symphony in C, Rubies / Jewels, Apollo (George Balanchine), Serait-ce la Mort? (Maurice Béjart), the title role of Giselle (after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), Tatiana in Onegin (John Cranko), Nuages (Jiří Kylián), the title role in La Sylphide (Pierre Lacotte after Philippe Taglioni), Suite en Blanc (Serge Lifar), Triade (Benjamin Millepied), Prudence in La Dame aux Camélias, Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler (John Neumeier), Henriette and Raymonda in Raymonda, one of the Sisters and the title role in Cinderella, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Odette / Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Rudolf Nureyev), Albertine in Proust ou les Intermittences du Cœur (Roland Petit), Psyché (Alexei Ratmansky), In G Major, the Ballerina in The Concert (Jerome Robbins).

Creations at the Opera

  • AndréAuria

    Edouard Lock - 2002

  • Lise / La Fille mal gardée

    Frederick Ashton - 2007

  • Genus

    Wayne McGregor - 2007

  • L’Anatomie de la sensation

    Wayne McGregor - 2011

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Career history

After studying at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, she enters the Ballet School. 2000 At the age of 17, she joins the Corps de ballet. 


She becomes a “Coryphée”. Prix AROP de la Danse. She is selected for the Peasant’s pas de deux in Giselle (after Coralli and Perrot) as well as for the ballets of Rudolf Nureyev: the Bridesmaid in Don Quichotte and the pas de trois from Swan Lake. She also performs in George Balanchine’s: fourth movement of Symphony in C, Concerto Barocco, Liebeslieder Walzer and Tchaikovsky-pas de deux at the "Young Dancers Evenings". 

She is made a “Sujet”. Prix du Cercle Carpeaux. She dances Emeralds / Jewels (George Balanchine), O Zlozony / O Composite (Trisha Brown), Pas./Parts (William Forsythe), the role of Effie in La Sylphide (Pierre Lacotte after Philippe Taglioni), Études (Harald Lander) and she is chosen to be Kitri in Don Quichotte (Rudolf Nureyev). 

She is promoted to “Première danseuse”. She dances: Artifact Suite, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (William Forsythe), the title role in Paquita (Pierre Lacotte after Joseph Mazilier and Marius Petipa), Manon in La Dame aux Camélias (John Neumeier), the third variation of the Shades and Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the roles of Spring and Summer in Cinderella (Rudolf Nureyev), The Chief of the Bandits in Carmen (Roland Petit).


Prix Leonide Massine (Positano, 2006). Prix Ballet 2000 (Cannes, 2006). Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.


Etoile Dorothée Gilbert