Early life and education
He studied at the dance conservatory in Tours before enrolling at the École supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, where Rosella Hightower was his primary teacher.
In 1983, he became the choreographer and director of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Tours. Since 1993, and on the appointment of Her Royal Highness Caroline, Princess of Hanover, he has been the artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.
He helped Princess Caroline design the bridesmaids costumes at the wedding of her brother.
Works created for Les Ballets des Monte-Carlo: Bêtes Noires; Home, Sweet Home; Dov’è la Luna; Vers un Pays Sage; Roméo et Juliette; Recto Verso; L’Île; Cendrillon; Entrelacs; Oeil pour oeil; La Belle; D’une rive à l’autre; Miniatures; Le Songe; Altro Canto. For the Bolshoi Theater, he created The Taming of The Shrew.
Distinctions & awards
- 1977: Prix de Lausanne
- 1992: Knighthood of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- 1999: Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of Monaco
- 2001: Nijinski Award for Best Choreography for the production of La Belle
- 2002: Knighthood of the Légion d'honneur
- 2007: Prix Benois de la Danse Choreographer of the Year for "Faust"
- 2015: Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters
- Kaye, Elizabeth: "Kaye, Elizabeth (6 October 1996). "Provocative Ballet by Way of Tough Love". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 May 2010.," The New York Times, 6 October 1996.
- Benois de la danse 2007: Jean-Christophe Maillot
- Program for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2009 production of Roméo et Juliette
- "This Cinderella Wears a Simple Ivory Frock," The New York Times, 27 April 2003
- Juliette Dol at the Internet Movie Database
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