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Charles Jude

Star of Paris Opera

Former Paris Opera Star Dancer, Charles Jude directed the Ballet of the Opéra National de Bordeaux from September 1996 to July 2017.
After having studied at the Conservatoire de Nice with Alexandre Kalioujny, Charles Jude successfully auditioned to join the ballet of the Paris Opera (1971). Promoted to the rank of first dancer in 1976, he won the bronze medal at the Tokyo International Ballet Competition with Florence Clerc.
On July 8, 1977, he was named Star Dancer after his magnificent role in Ivan the Terrible (Yury Grigorovich). His dance successfully combines a feline fluidity (The Afternoon of a Wildlife, V. Nijinski) with all the elegance of the classical style (Etudes, H.Lander), which makes it particularly well adapted to the princely roles .
Between 1978 and 1996, he danced many great classical roles (Giselle and the Nutcracker versions of Rudolf Nureyev, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, La Bayadere, Don Quixote ) as well as the emblematic works of the Ballets Russes (The Specter of the Rose, The Afternoon of a Fauna, Petrouchka …)

His partners are Marcia Haydée, Claire Motte, Gislaine Thesmar, Noella Pontois, Florence Clerc, Elisabeth Platel, Monique Loudieres, Sylvie Guillem, Carolyn Carlson, Cynthia Gregory, Natalya Makarova, Isabelle Guerin, Carla Fracci, Alessandra Ferri, Elisabetta Terrabust, Maia Plissetskaia …
He has also covered the repertoire of the greatest neoclassical and contemporary choreographers, such as George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Jerome Robbins, Anthony Tudor, John Cranko, Maurice Béjart, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, John Neumeier, Jiri Kylián, Glen Tetley, Glen Tetley, Michael Clark and Carolyn Carlson. Louis Falco, Jose Limon John Buttler …
Disciple of Rudolf Nureyev, it is the master himself that Charles Jude learned his craft, both as a dancer and choreographer.
Between 1974 and 1991, he regularly participated in “Noureev and Friends” tours.

He is invited by the American ballet at the Met in New York with the Royal Ballet of London, the Vienna Opera, the Scala of Milan, the Stockholm Opera, the Maggio Musicale of Florence, the Teatro San Carlo from Naples, to the opera of Rome, to the Bolshoi in Moscow, to the Marinsky of St Petersburg.
Participates in galas in Japan, United States, Spain, Italy …
Professor at the CNSM in Paris, he also taught alongside Marika Besobrasova at the Monaco Princess Grace Dance Academy. Since his appointment as director of the Bordeaux Opera Ballet in 1996, Charles Jude continues to dance (The Afternoon of a Fauna, Petrouchka, Suite in White, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, The Prodigal Son, Icare, Aureole, La Pavane du Maure …), while turning his distinctive choreographic style by re-reading classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppélia, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Prince in wood and Don Quixote.
He choreographed a new production of Romeo and Juliet in March 2009.
Charles Jude received the Nijinski Prize in 1976 and the Lifar Prize in 1988.
He is named Knight of Arts and Letters (1990), Knight of the Legion of Honor (1996) and Officer of Arts and Letters (2001).
Member of the UNESCO CDI
Vice-President of the SERGE LIFAR Foundation
Member of the RUDOLF NUREYEV Foundation
Artistic Director of Arcachon International Ballet Summer School (France)
Artistic Director of Dance at the Summer Academy in NICE (France)