Manuel Legris

 

Manuel Legris, star of the Paris Opera Ballet, made his final company appearance on May 15 with a performance of John Cranko’s Eugene Onegin at the Palais Garnier. He will head the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera in October of the next year.
It was an emotional evening with a great number of fans of the star, the last of the great dancers discovered and engaged by Rudolph Nureyev during his time in Paris. The performance was preceded by a “Défilé du Ballet” of all the dancers and students at the Paris Opera Ballet.
A product of the ballet school, he was made a principal dancer at 16 and “Danseur Etoile” in 1986. Among many other honors, he was awarded the Legion d’honneur by the French government.

 

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