The renowned French dancer, Patrice Bart, has been closely affiliated with the Paris National Opera since 1957. He began his training there in the ballet school and became a part of the corps de ballet at the age of 15th birthday. In the course of his career at the Paris Opera, Patrice Bart has performed in a wide variety of the repertoire's main performances. His strengths revealed in performing complex roles and character dance passages as well as in technically challenging roles or complicated Pas de deux. Even before he left the stage, Bart became a ballet master and assistant to renowned choreographers.
Bart has been assistant director of ballet at the Paris Opera Ballet since 1990. In 1991, on the 150th anniversary of Giselle, Patrice Bart created a new version of this all-time classic. Other productions include Don Quixote in the Staats-oper Untcr den Linden (1993) and for the Ballet of the Finnish Opera in Helsinki (1995). Giselle at the Scala of Milan (1996), and Coppelia for the Paris Opera (1997). Also, in 1997 Bart's interpretation of Swan Lake premiered at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. In 1998, La Bayadere was performed in Munich. Patrice Bart has received many awards, including the Officier de l?Ordre Nationale du Merite and Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.