After several successful creations for the Paris Opera’s “Young choreographers” evenings, Sebastien was selected to participate as one of the four chosen choreographers in the 2016 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 was commissioned to choreograph for the school of the National Conservatory of Paris (CNSMDP), and where he initiated collaboration with artists like videast Ange Leccia, and artists from the field of fashion like Laetitia Casta, Haider Ackermann and Yiquing Yin.
At the end of the program William Forsythe appointed him as assistant choreographer for the restaging of his ballet Approximate Sonata, and the Paris Opera Ballet commissioned him his first creation for the company called: Renaissance, in collaboration artistic director of Maison Balmain Olivier Rousteing, on Mendelssohn Violin 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. Two years later, he became a member of the Paris Opera Ballet where he was promoted to “Coryphée” (Demi-soloist) and to “Sujet” (Soloist).
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, Rubies, Diamonds), Jerome Robbins (En Sol, The concert), 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) and Alexei Ratmansky (Psyché)
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 was invited to show his work by the Villa Medici – Academy of France in Roma, and he will creates a new piece for the Roma Opera Ballet in March 2019 on Philip Glass’s Tirol Concerto for piano & orchestra, with a costumes creation by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior. The same evening will feature works by Benjamin Millepied and Jerome Robbins.
Sketches from Maria Grazia Chiuri for Nuit Blanche. Courtesy image
“Pour moi, créer en danse classique aujourd’hui c’est faire vivre un héritage culturel. Mon ambition : amener de nouveaux publics vers le plaisir du ballet, et l’inscrire dans notre époque.” Sébastien Bertaud
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« Sebastien Bertaud is surely the most outstanding dancer / choreographer of the Paris Opera Ballet »
« Le travail de Sébastien Bertaud se caractérise par une élégante et synthétique approche entre vocabulaire classique et esthétique contemporaine. »
« Sébastien Bertaud apporte dans ses créations un regard générationnel sur le ballet, et bouscule avec ses collaborations les codes de la danse classique. »