Patrick Dupond, former principal dancer of the Paris Opera, was a virtuoso. He died on Friday March 5 at the age of 61 from a devastating illness. In front of the Palais Garnier, many admirers are saddened by the news. “He is one of those great dancers that even the amateur public knows”, Launches a young woman. “For me he was someone solar, positive, gentle, caring”Adds another.
Having entered the Paris Opera dance school at the age of 10, this twirling Parisian won the most prestigious dance competition in the world six years later. “It had to be written before I was born. I was born to make a living from dancing and I can’t live without it”He confided in 1975. Named a star in 1980 at only 21 years old, he has collaborated with the greatest choreographers such as Maurice Béjar. This hyperactive then took the direction of the ballet of Nancy, before returning to the Paris Opera where he succeeded Rudolf Nureyev at the head of the company. Victim of a serious road accident, he fought to return to the stage, notably in a musical in 2008. But his name had already entered the great history of dance.