Léonore Baulac and Hugo Marchand (Paris Opera Ballet) in Romeo and Juliet, music by Sergei Prokofiev, choreography by Rudolf Nureyev. Benois de la Danse 2017, Defile of the Stars and New Laureates, shot in the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow on 30.5.2017.
Léonore Baulac is an étoile with Paris Opera Ballet. Léonore Baulac began dancing at the age of four. In 2000, when she was ten years old, a teacher, Monique Servaes, detects Suresnes potential for dance. At 11 years and a half, Léonore Baulac passes the international competition of Caen and obtains a gold medal. On this occasion, she is noticed by stars and future stars of the Paris Opera. Agnès Letestu 7 and José Martínez are on the jury. This decides Léonore Baulac to become a dancer. Twice, Léonore Baulac did not succeed in the entry competition of the School of Dance of the Opéra National de Paris, she spent two years at the Conservatoire National Superior de Paris (CNSMDP). In 2005, at the age of 15, Léonore Baulac was admitted to the École de Danse at the Opéra National de Paris as a paying student. Léonore Baulac is admitted into the ballet corps in 2008. The 2013-2014 season marks a turning point. Léonore Baulac is promoted to Coryphée on November 9, 2013 after interpreting a variation from William Forsythe’s “In the middle somewhat elevated”. She was promoted soloist on December 6, 2014, at the end of the annual competition to promote the ballet of the Opéra National de Paris and was promoted to principal dancer November 3, 2015. She was appointed étoile on 31 December 2016 by Aurélie Dupont after her first appearance in the role of Odette / Odile
Hugo Marchand is currently a Premier with Paris Opera Ballet. Hugo is trained by the Paris Opera Ballet School (2007-2011), in 2011 joined the Corps de Ballet at Paris Opera, 2014
became Coryphée, 2015 Sujet, Cercle Carpeaux Award, 2017 The Best Dancer Benois de la Danse prize winner.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Benois de la Danse and Bolshoi Theatre, special thanks to Nina Kudriavtseva-Loory and Regina Nikiforova.