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Guillaume Bordier Choreographer

Dancer and choreographer, born in 1969, he studied the école française ballet technique, was awarded the Médaille d’Or by the Conservatoire Supérieure in La Rochelle taking part in one of Régine Chopinot’s creations Sur la Piste du Tapir after which he became a member of the Jeune Ballet de France. Spotted by the director of the School of American Ballet, he was awarded a scholarship and trained in the Balanchine method in New York. He later left for Japan, where he interpreted roles in the classical repertoire, then rejoined the Royal Ballet of Flanders at Robert Denvers’ request.

At 22 he was invited to work with Roland Petit’s Ballet National de Marseille where he would soon become a soloist performing the Black Swan in Ma Pavlova, among other roles including those in Chabrier’s Les Six Danses and Mer Méditérannée. He also danced a ‘pas de deux’ at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan with the Italian star Alessandra Ferri in Le Sang du Poète and was Zizi Jeanmaire’s partner in the show Zizi chante Gainsbourg.

In 1995 he worked with the choreographer Redha on various events. At the age of 26, he was offered a contract by Maurice Béjart in Lausanne. There, Guillaume would dance in some of the most important ballets in Béjarts repertoire (Le Presbytère, L’Oiseau de feu, Le Bolèro, Mutation X and Barrocco-Bel Canto).

Drawn to choreography, in 2000 he created a piece for 12 dancers at the request of Didier Deschamps for la Journée du Patrimoine, then Attitude, which explores the relationships between the worlds of dance and fashion, with the members of the Ballet de Nancy and the Ballet de Lorraine. He danced at the Théàtre Mogador with Sylvie Joly in the show C’est Tellement Joly. In 2001, he was invited to join the Mantalvo-Hervieu dance company and danced in two of their creations: Babelle Jeureuse and Les Paladins by J.-Ph. Rameau.

From 2005 onwards, he began an artistic collaboration with Les Opéras en Plein Air. He choreographed and danced La Traviata, directed by Henri-Jean Servat; in 2006 he choreographed The Enchanted Flute, directed by Caroline Huppert and in 2009 Rigoletto, directed by Francis Perrin. In 2008, he danced a duet with Clarie Chazal, for the E.L.A association. In 2009, he was co-directed Au-delà des Murs, by Catherine Lara with whom he would dance a duet. In the same year, he also focussed on the creation of his dance company with which he would go on to win First Prize awarded unanimously by the Judges of the Synodales Choreography Competition in Sens.