First soloist

Photo: Eric Piché


Versailles, France
“At the end of a performance, I love that split second when the audience does not immediately begin to applaud, when spectators take the time to return to reality. It shows that they were truly moved and that’s what we try to achieve every time! ”

École de danse de l’Opéra de Paris


1992-2004 Opéra de Paris (sujet) 2001-2002 Boston Ballet (soloist) 2004 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (soloist) 2005 Promoted to First Soloist


Hervé Courtain has danced many leading roles like Green Boy in Celt (Lila York), the Prince in The Nutcracker (Mikko Nissen), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (B. Wells and John Neumeier), the Peasants Pas de deux in Giselle (M. Geilgud), the Bule bird in Sleeping Beauty, the Pas de trois in Swan Lake (Marius Petipa), the Pas de trois and Iñigo in Paquita, the Pas de deux in La Sylphide (Auguste Bournonville), the star in Rubies, the role of the daughter in Le Mandarin merveilleux, the solo in Le Concours (Maurice Béjart), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Jean-Christophe Maillot) and Fakir in La Bayadère (Rudolf Noureev). His repertoire also includes Bella Figura, Return to a strange land and Forgotten Land (Jiří Kylián), the Door Pas de deux in Apartment, Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty and Giselle (Mats Ek), the Stepmother in Cinderella (Stijn Celis), Tarentella, Stars and stripes,Who Cares? and the solo in the 1st movement in Episodes (George Balanchine), the main role in Kaleidoscope (Peter Quanz), Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and In the Middle… Somewhat Elevated (William Forsythe), Romeo and Juliet (Rudolf Noureev). He has also danced the mattress scene in Perpetuum, Arbos and Kaamos (Ohad Naharin), Hermann in The Queen of Spades (Kim Brandstrup), Pierrot in Pierrot Lunaire (Marco Goecke) and Paul Claudel in Rodin/Claudel (Peter Quanz). He also danced Anima by Stijn Celis, Kaguyahime by Jiří Kylián, Transfigured Night (Stjin Celis) and interpreted the role of Death in Orpheus' Gaze (Stijn Celis) and Leonce and King Peter in Leonce & Lena (Christian Spuck). Hervé Courtain has repeatedly been a part of and a star of the Manuel Legris group while he was at the Opéra de Paris. He’s also been invited to dance at the Opéra de Budapest, at the Miami International Gala and also in Brazil for Romeo and Juliet.


2000 Prix de l’AROP et diplôme d’état pour l’enseignement de la danse