Marie-Claude Pietragalla



Marie-Claude Pietragalla is an acclaimed and an iconic figure of French dance. She was 9 years old when she entered the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1973, and was hired by the Paris Opera ballet in 1979. Artistic director Patrick Dupond made her Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1990.

She has danced all the principal roles of the classical ballet repertoire and worked with the world most legendary contemporary choreographers: Rudolf Noureev, Maurice Béjart, Georges Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Roland Petit, Mats Ek. She won in 1998, the Paul Belmondo award, and the coveted Benois de la Danse award in Moscow.

She left the Paris Opera Ballet in 1998 to take up the position of General Director of the National Ballet of Marseille and its school, a post she held for five seasons. With Julien Derouault, they choreographed nine works, including Sakountala and Don Quixote.

In 2000, she was the first one to dance on the stage of the legendary Olympia theatre in Paris with her solo Don’t look back (choreographed by Carolyn Carlson) and toured the world with it for 10 years.

Marie-Claude Pietragalla was honoured Officier des Arts et des Lettres in 2011, and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2008.

She founded with choreographer Julien Derouault in 2005, a new dance company named after their work the Théâtre du Corps.


Together they choreographed:


in 2005Remember..., Les Noces and the Rite of spring for the Singapore Dance Theatre.
in 2006, Fleurs d’automne for the Belgrade National Theatre, Human Conditions celebrating the centenary of the Courrières mine disaster.

In 2007, Sade, theatre of madmen created for Pierre Cardin Lacoste festival.

In 2008, Marco Polo, created for the Beijing Olympics.

In 2009, Temptation of Eve, a solo with Marie-Claude Pietragalla on the history of women.

In 2011, Poets Night

In 2012, The Chairs ? an adaptation of Eugène Ionesco play in partnership with the Jeunesses Musicales of France, and Clowns, a work for the Junior Ballet of the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance.
In 2013, Mr & Mrs Dream, a 3D virtual unreality show inspired by the work of Eugène Ionesco.
In 2014, To be or to appear showcased at the Avignon festival off 2014 and Meeting you was fate
In 2016, Vivant a dance and musical performance
En 2017, Lorenzaccio (Theatre and Dance) Festival de Grignan
En 2019, The Dancing Woman (A one-woman-show)
En 2020, In the solitude of the cotton fields (Theatre and Dance)

In 2010, she performed one of the leading roles in Julien Maury and Alexander Bustillo’s film Livid. She starred alongside Florent Pagny and Francois Cluset in Jacques Cortal’s 2003 film Quand je vois le soleil.

Marie-Claude Pietragalla was a jury member of the 40th 2014 Deauville American Film Festival.

In 2015, Marie-Claude Pietragalla plays with Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: L'Elixir d'Amour, a play written by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, directed by Steve Suissa. She appears in an episode of the French TV series Mongeville of France 3.


The Théâtre du Corps Pietragalla-Derouault is funded with the support of the DRAC île-de-France, the île-de-France region and the city of Alfortville

DRAC   Ville d'Alfortville



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