Benois de la Danse nominee

Dorothee Gilbert was born in 1983 in Toulouse, France, and studied dance at the National Conservatoire of the Toulouse Region from 1990 until 1995, when she entered the School of Dance of the Paris Opera. Upon graduation in 2000, she joined Paris Opera Ballet, where she was promoted to Premiere Danseuse in 2005 and to Etoile in 2007.

Her repertoire includes Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Nikia and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, the title role in Raymonda, Clara in The Nutcracker, the title roles La Sylphide, Giselle and Paquita and Lise in La Fille mal gardée.

Gilbert has also danced in numerous ballets of the modern and contemporary repertoire, including Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), George Balanchine’s Jewels (Emeralds and Rubies), Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, The Four Temperaments and Apollo, Jiri Kylian’s Clouds, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and In G Major, Maurice Bejart’s Serait-ce la mort?, Roland Petit’s Carmen and Proust ou les intermittences du Coeur, John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias (Manon Lescaut and Prudence) and Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Patrice Bart’s La petit danseuse de Degas (title role), John Cranko’s Onegin (Tatiana), William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude.

She has created roles with the Paris Opera Ballet in Jose Martinez’ Mi Favorita, Edouard Lock’s Andre Auria, Trisha Brown’s OZlozony/ O Composite, Wayne McGregor’s Genus and Anatomie de la sensation.

Gilbert has received the Prix du Cercle Carpeaux (2004), the Prix Ballet 2000) (Cannes, 2006) and the Positano Premia La Danza Leonide Massine (2006). In 2014, she was appointed a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.