Marie-Agnès Gillot


Marie-Agnès Gillot joined the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet in 1989 at only 14 and half years old. Promoted “Sujet” in 1994, she interpreted important roles in masterpieces created by the greatest choreographers such as Caroline Carlson’s, Nureyev, Nijinsky or Belarbi and was awarded with the AROP in 1998. In 2004, Marie-Agnes was named Principal Dancer as a result of her performance in “Signs” by Carolyn Carlson and became the first dancer to be named after dancing in a contemporary ballet. Marie-Agnès continues to interpret the greatest ballet roles danced at the Opéra de Paris, both in the classical and the contemporary repertoire.
In parallel, Marie-Agnès embarks choreographic work in 2007 with a piece mixing ballet dancers and hip-hop dancers, and has been creating ever since. The critics acclaimed her creation « Sous-Apparence » presented at the Opéra de Paris Ballet in 2012. Marie-Agnès collaborated in numerous artistic projects such as performing on stage at the Theatre du Rond-Point in  “Après la Bataille” by Pippo Delbono. Marie-Agnès Gillot received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal as well as l’Ordre du Mérite medal. After having a baby in 2014, Marie-Agnès made her comeback at the Opéra Garnier in Orphée and Euridice by Pina Bausch.
“Today Marie-Agnès Gillot is at the height of her form. Like a fighter in the ring, she conquered scoliosis and climbed up the hierarchical ladder of success at the POB. Powerfully athletic and spiritually enraptured, she is a resolutely 21st-century dancer. Under the stage lights, she projects a glow that is simply majestic, nearly angelic.” 
— Dance magazine.