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Under the Skin of Madge the Witch

Meeting with Dancer Alexis Renaud — By Aliénor de Foucaud, Juliette Puaux and Felipe Sanguinetti

In 1993, Alexis Renaud, today a Sujet, joined the Opera's Corps de Ballet thanks to a variation of James in La Sylphide. The ballet has been symbolic in his career since, on the verge of his retirement, he is performing the role of the witch Madge. To take revenge on James, who has driven him away, this disquieting and evil character uses her poisoned vein to cause the death of the Sylphide. Octave follows the dancer’s metamorphosis, shortly before his appearance on stage.

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