Benois de la Danse laureate

Emblematic “Etoile” of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Bernice Coppieters has been the inspiring muse of the most beautiful characters of Jean-Christophe Maillot's creations. Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Nutcracker Circus, La Belle, Le Songe, Faust, Sheherazade, Fauves that she danced with Gil Roman, are some of the significant Maillot's ballets she has illuminated by her interpretation throughout the world.

Besides being Jean-Christophe Maillot`s muse, Bernice Coppieters has also interpreted the Russian Ballets' historical masterpieces (Prodigal Son, the Firebird, Petruchka, Afternoon of a Faun, Les Sylphides, Sheherazade) as well as Balanchine repertoire (Agon, The Four Temperaments, The Prodigal Son, La Valse, Serenade, Violin Concerto, Who Cares?, Theme and Variations). She has attracted the attention of the famous choreographers who have been invited by les Ballets de Monte-Carlo : William Forsythe (In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Approximate Sonata, The Second Detail), Jíri Kylián (Return to a Strange Land, Bella Figura, Silent Cries), Karole Armitage, Lucinda Childs (The Chairman Dances), Twyla Tharp, Uwe Scholz, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (In Memoriam, Mea Culpa), Johan Inger, Alonzo King, Marco Goecke, who created for her the solo Tué, and Maurice Béjart who offered her the privilege to dance his Bolero.

As an hommage to her outstanding international artistic career, Bernice Coppieters has been nominated Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of the Principality of Monaco. She received the Positano «Léonide Massine» Award in 2003, and was awarded by the jury of Danza & Danza, “Etoile of the year” for 2005.