Report from the 13 February 2018

Letizia Galloni and Paul Marque, winners of the AROP Dance Prize

© Julien Benhamou / OnP
12 February 2018Les Indes galantes by Clément Cogitore, Audience Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 3 March 2018Results of the competition to promote the Ballet of the Opéra national of Paris

Since its founding, AROP’s mission has been to support the Paris Opera’s young artists. As such, since 1986, AROP members have awarded the Dance Prize to two young dancers (one of each sex) from the Paris Opera Ballet who performed numerous variations during the previous season. So far, 58 dancers have been honoured, 27 of whom have since become Étoiles.


The AROP Dance Prize for the 2016-2017 season has been awarded to Letizia Galloni (Coryphée) and Paul Marque (Sujet)


Letizia Galloni

Letizia Galloni dans « La Fille mal gardée » de Frederik Ashton
Letizia Galloni dans « La Fille mal gardée » de Frederik Ashton © Benoite Fanton / OnP

Letizia Galloni was born in Rome (Italy) in 1991 and began dancing at the age of six at the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse in Melun, Seine-et-Marne.

2001
Enters the Paris Opera Ballet School.

2009
Joins the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet.

2012
Promoted to the rank of “Coryphée”.

Principal roles
Arabian and Pastorale dances / The Nutcracker (Rudolf Nureyev), Pas de trois, Spanish Dance and the Big Swan / Swan Lake (Rudolf Nureyev), Lise / La Fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton), Rosalba / Rain (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker), Verklärte Nacht (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker), the Chosen One / The Rite of Spring (Pina Bausch), In Creases (Justin Peck), Hippolyta and Butterfly / A Midsummer Night’s Dream (George Balanchine), Drumming Live (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker).

Creations at the Paris Opera
Boléro (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, 2013), Together Alone (Benjamin Millepied, 2015), Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward (Benjamin Millepied, 2015), La Nuit s’achève (Benjamin Millepied, 2016), Entre chien et loup (Justin Peck, 2016). 


Paul Marque

Pauk Marque dans « Le Songe d'une nuit d'été » de George Balanchine
Pauk Marque dans « Le Songe d'une nuit d'été » de George Balanchine © Agathe Poupeney / OnP

Paul Marque was born in Dax (Landes) in 1997 and began dancing at the age of four in a private school.

2008
Enters the Paris Opera Ballet School.

2014
Joins the Paris Opera’s Corps de Ballet.2015

2015
Promoted to the rank of “Coryphée”.

2016
Promoted to the rank of “Sujet”.

Principal roles
Second trio / The Goldberg Variations (Jerome Robbins), Pas de deux des paysans / Giselle (Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), Aria II second pas de deux / Violin Concerto (George Balanchine), Oberon / A Midsummer Night’s Dream (George Balanchine), Pas de deux des écossais / La Sylphide (Pierre Lacotte), Neapolitan Dance / Swan Lake (Rudolf Nureyev), Rubies / Jewels (George Balanchine), Second pas de trois / Agon (George Balanchine), Basilio and the Gypsy / Don Quixote (Rudolf Nureyev). 

Creations at the Paris Opera
Blake Works I (William Forsythe, 2016).

Prizes and distinctions
Gold Medal at the 2016 Varna International Ballet Competition.