Bleuenn Battistoni and Julian MacKay in the Renaissance

Bleuenn Battistoni and Julian MacKay in the Renaissance, music by Felix Mendelssohn, choreography by Sébastien Bertaud. Ballet Icons Gala 2024, London Coliseum, March 2024.

Bleuenn Battistoni is a Principal dancer (Prima Ballerina) with Paris Opera Ballet. Battistoni discovered dance at the age of four. At the age of twelve she began studying ballet technique with the dream of becoming a professional dancer. In 2013 she entered the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, and then entered the Opéra Dance School in 2014. In 2017 she joined the ballet of the Opéra Ballet. Four years later she was promoted to coryphée, and in 2022 to sujet. In 2023 she was appointed prima ballerina.

Julian MacKay (born 1997) is a Principal with Bavarian State Ballet in Munich (Bayerisches Staatsballett). Julias is an American ballet dancer. He is the first American to have completed both the lower and upper schools at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. In 2016, he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a second soloist, where he later reached the rank of first soloist. Between 2020 and 2022, he was a principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet. In 2022, he joined the Bavarian State Ballet.

Sébastien Bertaud was born in 1982 and began to dance in Bordeaux at the age of 6. He joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1998. And became a member of the Paris Opera Ballet in 2000. He was promoted to “Sujet” (Soloist), and still dance today, more than 20 years later, in all the productions of the company. Sébastien became a choreographer, graduated from the Paris Opera Choreographic Academy. He is Assistant restager of William Forsythe for Approximate Sonata, Got a Master Degree in Political Sciences – Sciences Po Paris.

© Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Ballet Icons Gala, special thanks to Olga Balakleets

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