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Mr & Mrs Dream


Temptation of Eve


Marco Polo


Sade, or The Theatre of Madmen


Human Conditions


Souviens toi...



Marie-Claude Pietragalla was named Officier des Arts et des Lettres in July 2011, having previously been awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2008, the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 1997, and the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1994.

In 1998, she made her entrance into both the Musée Grévin (waxworks
museum in Paris) and the Petit Larousse (French dictionary).

In the same year, she also won both the Prix Paul Belmondo and the coveted Prix Benois de la Danse (Moscow).


Pietragalla is co-author with Dominique Simonnet, of La Femme qui danse (Éditions du Seuil, 2008).

Écrire la Danse
, in collaboration with Michel Archimbaud,(Éditions Séguier—Archimbaud, 2001

La legende de la danse

She is the author of La Légende de la danse (Flammarion, 1999),


Since 1993, Marie-Claude Pietragalla was the egeria for:




Galeries Lafayette

Oil of Olaz

of Revillion

Marie-Claude Pietragalla, dancer, choreographer and actress.

Some artists seem to collect all the gifts, and Marie-Claude Pietragalla is certainly one of those: the Paris Opera former dancer performed the greatest contemporary choreographies, she is also a choreographer. With a strong demanding and passionate personality.



Discover Marie-Claude Pietragalla portrait, the iconic and mediatic french dancer and choreographer.

Direction Rémy Disch for Bonne Pioche Télévision.

In 2013, with Derouault, she conceived, choreographed, and danced in a 3D virtual unreality show, Mr & Mrs Dream, co-produced with Dassault Systèmes), inspired by the work of the Eugène Ionesco and his Theatre of the Absurd.

M. & Mme Rêve M. & Mme Rêve M. & Mme Rêve

Mr. & Mrs Dream
Photo Pascal Elliott

Mr. & Mrs Dream
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Mr. & Mrs Dream
Photo Pascal Elliott

Pietragalla joined the French jury of season three and four (2012 / 2013) of Dance with the stars, where for 18 weeks she shared her passion for dance with six million viewers.

En 2013, she choreographs, Emmanuel Moire video-clip Beau Malheur.

In 2012, with Derouault, she choreographed and produced The Chairs ?, a version of Eugène Ionesco’s play in dance aimed at young audience. The pair also created Clowns for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris. She choreographed and produced Aragon in 2011, a work conceived and performed by Julien Derouault, which blends electro, dance, piano, and the poetry of Louis Aragon.

In 2010, she performed one of the leading roles in Julien Maury and Alexander Bustillo’s film Livid.

In 2009, she performed Temptation of Eve, a solo choreographed for her by Derouault that triumphed at the Palace theatre in Paris in 2011.

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Temptation of Eve
Photo Pascal Elliott

Temptation of Eve
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Temptation of Eve
Photo Pascal Elliott

At the instigation of designer Pierre Cardin, Pietragalla and Derouault choreographed and performed two new works: in 2006, Sade, the theatre of madmen and Marco Polo, which world premiered at the Beijing Olympics Cultural Festival in August 2008.


Sade, le théâtre des fous Spuviens toi... Marco Polo

Sade, theater of madmen
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Spuviens toi...
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Marco Polo
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In 2006, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region commissioned a work from Pietragalla and Derouault to commemorate the mining catastrophe of Courrières: Human Conditions.

In 2005, she choreographed and danced with Derouault in Souviens-toi… and the two dancers were also invited by the Singapore Ballet to choreograph Noces and the Rite of Spring for the Singapore Dance Festival. In 2006, the National Theatre of Belgrade invited the pair to recreate their work Fleurs d’automne.

In 2004, she founded the Théâtre du corps with Julien Derouault.

She starred alongside Florent Pagny and Francois Cluset in Jacques Cortal’s 2003 film Quand je vois le soleil.

In 2000, she was the first dancer to perform on the stage of the legendary Olympia theatre in Paris with her solo Don’t Look Back (choreographed by Carolyn Carlson), and introduced dance to a new audience.

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, she choreographed nine new works there, including Sakountala, a remarkable work on the life and work of the sculptor Camille Claudel; Ni Dieu ni maître, a dreamlike journey into Léo Ferré’s music and work; and Don Quixote, a fictional ballet that blends classical technique with contemporary dance movements.

Sakountala Ni Dieu Ni Maître Don't look back
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Ni Dieu Ni Maître
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Don't look back
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In parallel to her career as a principal dancer, she has also developed a career as a choreographer and has created more than 25 works to date.

Marie-Claude Pietragalla, an acclaimed and iconic figure of French dance, entered the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1973 at nine years old and was hired by the Paris Opera Ballet in 1979.

In 1990, she was named Étoile (principal dancer) of the Paris Opera Ballet by Patrick Dupond following her performance in the role of Kitri in Don Quixote.


Pietragalla Etoile de l'Opéra de Paris
  Don Quixote
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She has danced the major roles of the classical ballet repertoire (Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker, Coppélia…) on stages throughout the world and has worked with the greatest contemporary choreographers, including Maurice Béjart, Rudolf Nureyev, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Roland Petit, Jerome Robbins, Mats Ek, John Neumeier, Martha Graham, Kenneth MacMillan, Serge Lifar, Georges Balanchine, and Merce Cunningham.

Marie-Claude Pietragalla Giselle Marie-Claude Pietragalla Le lac des cygnes avec Charles Jude Giselle de Mats-Ek

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Swam Lake
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Giselle Mats-Ek
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Her choreographies


Since 2000, Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Julien Derouault choreographed:

- 2012 Clowns / for the conservatoire de danse et musique de Paris

- 2012 Mr & Mrs Dream / dance and virtual unreality

- 2012 The Chairs ? / dance revisiting Ionesco master play

- 2012 Poetic variations / on the music of Bach with Pierre Hommage

- 2011 Aragon / Danse - Poetry - Electro - Piano

- 2010 Le Temps brûle / les Diables Verts - poetry of Louis Aragon

- 2009 Temptation of Eve / Marie-Claude Pietragalla legendary solo

- 2008 Marco Polo / Beijing Olympics

- 2007 Sade, theater of madmen

- 2006 Human Conditions

- 2005 Souviens toi ...- Ivresse - Noces - Ryte of springs Work for the Singapore Dance Theatre in the frame of the Singapore Arts Festival

- 2003 Ni Dieu ni maître - Métamorphoses - Don Quixote - staging of Christophe Olympia (victoire de la musique)

- 2002 Illusions d'Éternité

- 2001 Ivresse / solo for Julien Derouault

- 2000 Sakountala - Fleurs d'Automne - Raymonda (3ème acte) - Giselle

1999 Vita - L'âme perdue, solo for Nicolas Le Riche

1996 Triangle infernal - Corsica

1988 Boromobile / in the frame of the young choreographers at the Paris opera

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