Benois de la Danse laureate

Benois de la Danse nominee

Born in Nantes, Hugo Marchand began his classical ballet training at nine with Marie-Elisabeth Demaille at “ Conservatoire National de Nantes ”. After graduating at the age of 13, he is accepted at the Paris Opera Ballet School in 2007 where he worked with famous teachers like Eric Camillo, Jacques Namont, Bernard Boucher, Marie José Redon… While member of the Ballet school, he performed in Tokyo and in Moscow. Hugo joined the Paris Opera Ballet company at the age of 17 and is promoted First Soloist in November 2015 at the age of 22. His repertory with the Paris Opera Ballet includes many classical productions of the most famous choreographers such as Rudolf Noureev, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Kenneth MacMillan, Marius Petipa… He has also participated in several contemporary pieces of William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Carolyn Carlson, Edouard Lock… In December 2014, he danced the double role of Drosselmeyer/Prince in the Noureev’s Nutcracker. In May 2015, he started in Des Grieux in L’Histoire de Manon of Kenneth Macmillan with Dorothée Gilbert. In July 2015, he performed the leading part in L’anatomie de la Sensation of Wayne Mc Gregor. He opened the 2015/2016 season by dancing in Benjamin Millepied’s new creation “Clear Loud Bright Forward” and by performing Themes And Variations of george Balanchine. He also participated to the new Mc Gregor’s creation Alea Sands in November 2015. In December 2015, he is given the role of Solor in La Bayadere of Rudolf Noureev and partnered with Dorothee Gilbert and Laura Hecquet. He performed the Jerome Robbins’s Variations Goldberg with Marie Agnès Gillot and took part of the new Benjamin Millepied’s creation La Nuit s’achève. In march he danced Duo Concertant of Balanchine with Laura Hecquet. In April 2016, he made his first appearance as Roméo in Roméo and Juliette of Rudolf Noureev. Then he had the great chance to take part as a lead role in the new William Forsythe creation « BlakeWorks 1 ». He recently danced with Marie-Agnes Gillot in the Balanchine Violin Concerto and in the Kylian evening (Tar and Feathers and Symphony of Psalms) in December. In February he performed Oberon in the George Balanchine Midsummer Night’s Dream and made his debut in James in La Sylphide, the famous Pierre Lacotte french ballet in Tokyo during a Tour with the Paris Opera Ballet. Hugo Marchand won a Bronze Medal in the famous Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria in July 2014. In October 2015, he won the Prix Carpeaux given by le Cercle Carpeaux rewarding the most promising young dancer in the Paris Opera. In March 2016, he is awarded the Prix de l’AROP and is Nominee in Les Benois de la Danse for his performance in Bayadère. He is invited to the Mariinsky to perform with Marie Agnès Gillot at the occasion of the 15th Mariinsky Ballet Festival in St Petersburg. and went to the Bolchoï Theater to perform with Dorothee Gilbert at the occasion of the Benois de la Danse 2015. He is invited to many international galas in Tokyo, Shanghai, Moscow, Athenes…