Brigitte Lefèvre

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Brigitte Lefèvre (born 15 November 1944) is a French ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher. Since 1995, she has been director of the Paris Opera Ballet where she remained until August 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Lefèvre attended the Paris Opera Ballet School from the age of eight and joined the corps de ballet in 1961 when she was 16. She danced not only in the great classical ballets but also in the more recent works of George Balanchine, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart and Gene Kelly.[1] In addition to training under the Opera's clacissists such as Yvette Chauviré, she attended courses with American choreographers including Alwin Nikolais, Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor.[2]


In 1970, Lefèvre choreographed Mikrokosmos to the music of Bartók for the Avignon Festival before devoting more time to musicals and the theatre. In 1972, she left the Opéra to found her own dance company, the Théâtre du Silence, at La Rochelle where she remained until 1985. In 1985, she was appointed Principal Inspector of Dance at the French Ministry of Culture where from 1987 she became Inspector General and Principal Dance Delegate.[3]

In 1992, she returned to the Opéra Garnier as Administrator General before becoming Associate Director, Head of Dance, in 1994. In July 1995, she was appointed Director of Dance at the Paris Opera, a position she will maintain until October 2014 when she was succeeded by Benjamin Millepied.[4] During her remarkably long term, she opened up the ballet to the major contemporary choreographers who created new works for the company.[1]

Other responsibilities[edit]

Lefèvre also serves as vice-president of the Paris Conservatory. Since 1998, she has been an administrator at Société Radio France and in 2013 was elected president of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris.[1][2] Since June 2013, she has been a board member of the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel where she is charged with foreign broadcasting.[5]


Lefévre is a commandeur of the Ordre national du Mérite, of the Légion d'honneur and of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Brigitte Lefèvre" (in French). France Inter. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "The ballet: Brigitte Lefèvre". Opéra de Paris. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Le Ballet: Brigitte Lefèvre" (in French). Opéra de Paris. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  4. ^ Ariane Bavelier (24 January 2013). "Benjamin Millepied à la tête du ballet de l'Opéra de Paris". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Mme Brigitte Lefèvre nommée au conseil d'administration de la société en charge de l'Audiovisuel extérieur de la France" (in French). Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel. 5 July 2013. Archived from the original on 13 July 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.