Insurgent dancer immediately quits Paris Opera

One of the best-known male dancers on the Paris Opera, who has gained a giant following outdoors ballet for working as a choose on the French equal of “Strictly Come Dancing”, on Wednesday stop the corporate after months of stress. Francois Alu, 28, recognized for his rugged physique and virtuoso leaps, will depart the Paris Opera so he has “full skilled freedom”, each events mentioned in a joint assertion revealed by the opera. The information was surprising, coming simply seven months after the Paris Opera named Alu an “etoile” (“star”), its highest-ranking title, after intense stress from ballet followers for the promotion.

However there has additionally been stress over his extremely publicized function as a choose on “Danse avec les stars” (“Dance with the Stars”), the French equal of the smash hit BBC present in Britain “Strictly Come Dancing”. “I’ve determined to regain my full skilled freedom so as to have the ability to totally understand my inventive aspirations,” Alu mentioned within the assertion. The Paris Opera emphasised that the choice got here after a “dialogue” between the 2 sides and would enable “new types of collaboration” by Alu with the corporate.

“This choice is the fruits of the shut dialogue we have now had with Francois in latest months, mentioned the Paris Opera director Alexander Neef. Alu has additionally been touring France with a solo present. However to the chagrin of his followers he by no means danced on the Paris Opera since being named “etoile”, which is unprecedented.

His departure comes at a turbulent time for the Paris Opera ballet, with former dancer Jose Martinez in December set to take over from Aurelie Dupont as head of the corporate. Such high-profile departures are comparatively uncommon with the final such instance in 1989 when famous person ballerina Sylvie Guillem walked out to give attention to a world profession. – AFP



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