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Marie-Agnès Gillot started at the Paris National Opera Dance School in 1985. Just five years later, at the age of 15, she was admitted to the Corps de ballet. In 1994 she was promoted to “Subject”, “First Dancer” in 1999 and was subsequently named “Danseuse Etoile”.

Marie-Agnès Gillot was a dancer in high demand by contemporary choreographers. With a mixture of strength and fragility, she danced as a femme fatal (like L’Etrangere de Clavigo by Roland Petit or La Mélodie du Boléro by Maurice Béjart), a romantic character (Catherine in Wuthering Heights by Kader Belarbi or l’Eurydice by Pina Bausch), cruel (Medea in The Dream of Medea by Angelin Preljocaj), free and unabashed (The maid from La Maison de Bernarda by Mats Ek). A virtuoso technique that she also put at the service of world-renowned choreographers such as Edouard Lock (AndréAuria), Wayne McGregor (Genus, L’Anatomie de la sensation) , Benjamin Millepied (Triade), Jiří Kylián (Kaguyahime), William Forsythe (The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude , Approximate Sonata), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet (Boléro) and many others.In October 2012 she presented Sous Appearance, which is her first creation for the Paris National Opera Ballet. She bid her official farewell to the Paris National Opera in March 2018 during a moving performance of Orpheus and Eurydice by Pina Bausch.

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