The Paris Opera Ballet chooses a New Zealand dancer between two new stars

The Paris Opera Ballet appointed New Zealander Hannah O’Neill and Frenchman Marc Moreau right now, Thursday, as two new dance stars, the uncommon former non-French dancer on the earth’s oldest ballet firm.

O’Neill, 30, is considered one of a handful of foreigners to succeed in the very best “etoile” standing in an elite firm of worldwide fame and repute, which has solely opened its ranks lately to non-French dancers.

Not like the Royal Ballet in London or the American Ballet Theater in New York Metropolis, the overwhelming majority of the 154 dancers within the 354-year-old Paris Opera Ballet are locals.

It wasn’t till 2012 {that a} Latin American dancer – Argentinian Ludmila Pagliero – grew to become an influencer, and it wasn’t till 2021 that South Korean Sae Eun Park grew to become the primary Asian to be given the honour.

As standard, the promotion of O’Neill and Moreau was introduced with out warning on the finish of a efficiency—on this case, George Balanchine’s “Ballet Imperiale” on the Opéra Garnier.

O’Neill is the daughter of a New Zealand rugby participant and a Japanese mom who’s enthusiastic about ballet. Her trainer was Marilyn Rowe, who labored with Rudolf Nureyev, former director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

She gained among the largest awards in worldwide dance, together with the Prix de Lausanne and the Youth American Grand Prix, earlier than becoming a member of the Paris Opera on the age of 18.

Moreau, 36, joined on the age of 17 and have become an All-Danceeur in 2019.


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