François Alu Étoile
Ballet of the Opera

© James Bort

Saturday April, 23th 2022, François Alu is made an « Étoile » following a performance of La Bayadère (Rudolf Noureev), in which he performed the role of Solor on the stage of the Opera Bastille.


He enters the Paris Opera Ballet School.

At the age of 17, he is engaged in the Corps de ballet.

He is named ‘Coryphée’

AROP Dance Award and Cercle Carpeaux Award

He is named ‘Sujet ‘

He is named ‘Premier danseur’

On the proposal of Aurélie Dupont, Dance Director, Paris Opera Director Alexander Neef has named François Alu ‘Etoile dancer’ of the Paris Opera, following a performance of La Bayadère (Rudolf Nureyev) on the stage of the Opéra Bastille Saturday April, 23 2022, where he danced the role of Solor.


Alain and Colas / La Fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton), Djémil / La Source (Jean-Guillaume Bart), Hilarion / Giselle (based on Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), Iñigo / Paquita (Pierre Lacotte from Mazilier and Petipa), Lescaut / Manon (Kenneth MacMillan), the Golden Idole and Solor / La Bayadère, Basilio / Don Quixotte, The Blue Bird / Sleeping Beauty, Rothbart and Prince Siegfried / Swan Lake, Mercutio / Romeo and Juliet, The Film Producer and Leading Actor / Cendrillon, Abderam and Bérenger / Raymonda / (Rudolf Nureyev), Zane / Kaguyahime (Jiří Kylián), the Chief Bandit / Carmen, Frollo / Notre-Dame de Paris / (Roland Petit), Dances at a Gathering, A Suite of Dances (Jerome Robbins), Palais de Cristal, Themes and Variations, Mozartiana, Rubies and Emeralds / Jewels, The Four Temperaments (George Balanchine) ; Études (Harald Lander).

Paris Opera Creations

Daphnis and Chloé (Benjamin Millepied, 2014), Blake Works I (William Forsythe, 2016), The Seasons’ canon (Crystal Pite, 2016), Play (Alexander Ekman, 2017), The Male Dancer (Ivàn Pérez, 2018), Body and Soul (Crystal Pite, 2019).

Repertoire entries
Les Variations Goldberg and Fancy Free (Jerome Robbins), Herman Schmerman (William Forsythe), Speak for yourself (Sol Leon, Paul Lightfoot)

As part of the official tours of the Paris Opera Ballet, François Alu has danced in Spain (Madrid, 2019), Russia (Novosibirsk, 2018), Japan (Tokyo, 2017), Denmark (Copenhagen, 2015), Quebec (Montreal, 2014)...

Currently in

  • Palais Garnier
  • from 22 October to 12 November 2022

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