Hee Seo and Germain Louvet in Renaissance

Hee Seo and Germain Louvet in the duet from Renaissance, music by Felix Mendelssohn, choreography by Sebastien Bertaud. Shot in frames of Dance Open 2019 on 29.4.2019 in Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.

Hee Seo (Hangul: 서희; Hanja: 徐姬; born 1986) is a South Korean principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hee Seo began her ballet training in her hometown at the Sun-hwa Arts Middle School. She was awarded a three-year full scholarship to continue her training at the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, D. C. In 2003, Seo won a scholarship to train at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart. She is the recipient of the 2003 Prix de Lausanne Award and the 2003 Grand Prix at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York. Seo joined ABT’s Studio Company in 2004 and the main Company as an apprentice in May 2005 and the corps de ballet in March 2006. Seo was appointed a Soloist in August 2010 and a Principal Dancer in July 2012.

Germain Louvet is Étoile with Opéra national de Paris (Paris Opera) ballet company. Born in 1993 in Chalon-sur-Saône (Burgundy), Germain Louvet began an introduction to dance at the age of 4 before joining, three years later, the National Conservatory of Chalon-sur-Saone. In 2005 he joined the Dance School of the Paris Opera. In 2011 he was enlisted at 18 in the Corps de ballet of the Opéra national de Paris, 2014 Coryphée, 2015 Sujet (Soloist), 2016 was promoted as Étoil.

Sebastien Bertaud is Sujet (Soloist) of the Paris Opera Ballet, resident choreographer at the Paris Opera Choreographic Academy and assistant choreographer of William Forsythe. Sebastien was born in 1982 and began to dance in Bordeaux at the age of 6. He joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1998. Two years later, he became a member of the Paris Opera Ballet where he was promoted to “Sujet” (Soloist). After several successful creations for the Paris Opera’s “Young choreographers” evenings, Sebastien is selected to participate as one of the four chosen choreographers in the Paris Opera choreographic Academy, a two years residency for choreographers founded by Benjamin Millepied, under the artistic direction of William Forsythe.

Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Dance Open ballet festival and Ekaterina Galanova, special thanks to Kristina Proku.

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