After several 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.
This is where Sebastien initiated collaboration with artists like videast Ange Leccia, and artists from the field of fashion like Laetitia Casta, Haider Ackermann and Yiquing Yin…
Just after, William Forsythe appointed him as assistant choreographer for the restaging of his ballet Approximate Sonata, and the Paris Opera Ballet commissioned him his first long creation for the company called: Renaissance, a collaboration with the artistic director of Maison Balmain Olivier Rousteing, on Mendelssohn Violin Concerto n2.
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. 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.
He has danced in all the classical productions by Rudolf Nureyev (Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliette…) as well as ballets by George Balanchine (4 Temperaments, Agon, Jewels), Jerome Robbins (En Sol, The concert, Glass Pieces), John Neumeier (Sylvia, The lady of the camellias, A Midsummer Night’s dream, The song of the Earth, Spring & Fall, Yondering), William Forsythe (Pas/Parts, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Approximate Sonata, Herman Schermann), Wayne Mc Gregor (Tree of codes), Benjamin Millepied (Amoveo), Alexei Ratmansky (Psyché), Crystal Pite (The season’s canon, Body & Soul), Alexander Ekman (Play)…
He has also completed a Master’s degree in Arts and Politics from Sciences Po Paris, and obtained a state diploma (D.E.) for teaching dance.
In January 2019, he is invited by the prestigious Villa Médicis – Academy of France in Roma to present his work.
In March 2019, Sebastien Bertaud present his new creation for the Roma Opera Ballet called « Nuit blanche », on Philip Glass’s Tirol concerto for piano & orchestra, with a new costumes creation he commissioned to Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of Dior.
Since July 2019, the creative work of Sébastien Bertaud is held at the Origen Festival in Switzerland. For the Festival he created:« UTOPIA« , with music by Jon Hopkins, costumes creation by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, with dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. A creation inspired by Rudolph Von Laban and the Monte Verita Community. In 2020, he created « To my only desire… » inspired by the legendary « Lady & the Unicorn » tapestries with music by Arnold Schoenberg, and in 2021, « Genesis » based on the thematic of the « creation », with musics by J.S Bach and Peteris Vasks.
In 2021, he collaborates with cellist Gautier Capuçon for the Paris Concert on the 14th of July for the French Television , and for the « A summer in France » Tour.
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