Portrait of Sylvia Guillem
A portrait of Sylvie Guillem on her return to Paris for a show that she would then present in the provinces. Extracts from several of her shows mixed with an interview of the star dancer.
Sylvia Guillem was born in 1965. She practised competitive gymnastics until 11 years old before going to the school of dance of the Opéra in Paris. At 16 years old she was in the ballet corps and two years later she won the gold medal at the Varna competition in Bulgaria. At 19 years old, five days after her promotion to lead dancer, Rudolf Noureev named her star dancer inSwan Lake.
In 1988, faced with the Opéra of Paris' decision to not let her dance with other ballets, she resigned and danced in particular with the Royal Ballet in London, the American Ballet Theatre and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. She performed under the direction of choreographers William Forsythe, Bob Wilson, Maurice Béjart (who created several pieces for her, likeSissi the Anarchist Empressin 1992). More Recently with the young choreographers Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan, she turned towards contemporary dance. In 1998 she produced for herself her first choreography, the soloClassic Instinct.
In simple performances or choreography, Sylvie Guillem put all of her exceptional physical abilities at their service through her sensitivity and her strength of performance. She has performed on the greatest international stages and has received numerous prizes and honours.