Bernice Coppieters (born 16 November 1970) is a Belgian ballet dancer. In 1991, she joined Jean-Christophe Maillot's Ballets de Monte-Carlo where she has become the star. In recent years, Coppieters, Maillot's longtime muse, has helped to stage his productions at major ballet theatres in Europe, Korea and the United States.
Born in Dendermonde, Belgium, Coppieters studied from 1980 at the Royal Ballet School of Flanders in Antwerp, graduating in 1988 when she joined the Flanders ballet company for a short period. The same year, she won the Prix de Lausanne while continuing her education at the Juilliard School in New York City.
In 1991, she joined the Ballets de Monte-Carlo where she inspired Jean-Christophe Maillot to write roles for her in many of his most successful productions: Juliet in Romeo et Juliet, the title roles in Cinderella, La Belle, and Sheherazade, as well as leading parts in The Nutcracker Circus, Le Songe and Faust, all of which she danced with Gil Roman.
Coppieters has also danced the lead in classical Russian ballets including The Prodigal Son, The Firebird, Afternoon of a Faun and Les Sylphides as well as in a number of Georges Balanchine's works including Agon, The Four Temperaments, La valse, Serenade, Violin Concerto, Who Cares? and Theme and Variations. Among the contemporary choreographers she has helped to attract to Monte Carlo are Nacho Duato, William Forthsythe and Jiri Kylian. Marco Goecke created the solo Tué for her while she had the honour of dancing in Maurice Béjart's Boléro.
In her forties, Coppieters has helped with the staging of Maillot's productions at major ballet theatres abroad including the Royal Swedish Ballet, Essen Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Korea National Ballet and Atlanta Ballet.
- 1988: Prix de Lausanne
- 1995: Appointed Danseuse Etoile of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo by H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover
- 2002: Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Culturel of the Principality of Monaco
- 2003: Positano "Léonide Massine" Award
- 2005: Étoile of the year award by Premio Danza at Danza
- 2011: Benois de la Danse
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