Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux (published 1982)


Soft-spoken Bonnefoux talks about dancing The Four Temperaments, his first introduction to George Balanchine, and working in the Paris Opera.

Biographical note:

Born in France in 1943, Bonnefoux studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 1959, he joined the company and was made an ├ętoile in 1965 at age twenty-one. Under the direction of George Balanchine, Bonnefoux became a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. In 1980 he retired from performing and began teaching when he joined the faculty of the School of American Ballet. Along with his wife, former New York City Ballet star Patricia McBride, he directed the dance department at Indiana University. In 1996 he was appointed artistic director of the North Carolina Dance Theater, with McBride as associate director, and has choreographed several works for the company, including versions of Cinderella and Carmina Burana. He and his wife also direct the annual Chautauqua Summer Dance programme.




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