Nicolas Le Riche

 Nicolas Le Riche

 

Nicolas Le Riche
Dancer, Choreographer, Art director

 

Nicolas Le Riche enters the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1982. In 1988 , at the age of 16 he is engaged in the Corps de ballet. In 1991 Rudolf Nureyev promotes him “Premier danseur” for the roles of Mercutio and Romeo in his version of Romeo and Juliet. In 1992 he performs In The Night (Robbins), Le Train Bleu (Nijinska), Attentat poétique (Daniel Larrieu), Vaslaw (Neumeier), Etudes (Lander), the Golden Idol in La Bayadère (Nureyev) and in 1993 : Roland Petit cast him in Le Jeune homme et la Mort and Les Forains.  Danced the role of Albrecht in Mats Ek's Giselle and Solor in La Bayadère (Nureyev).

 

Nicolas Le Riche is named "Etoile" in Nîmes on 1993 July 22th, after dancing, for the first time, the role of Albrecht in the traditional version of Giselle (after Coralli and Perrot). He has since added to his repertoire : Le Palais de cristal, The Four Temperaments, Apollo, The Prodigal Son, Diamonds / Jewels (Balanchine), The Fire Bird, Boléro, Serait-ce la mort?, The Rite of Spring (Béjart), Swan Lake (Bourmeister and Nureyev versions), Onegin (Cranko), Le Spectre de la rose, Petrushka (Fokine), In the Middle Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe), Ivan the Terrible (Grigorovitch), Doux mensonges (Kylián), La Sylphide (Lacotte after Taglioni), Les Mirages, Thésée in Phèdre (Lifar), Song of the Earth, Manon (MacMillan), The Nutcracker, Magnificat, Vaslaw, Aminta in Sylvia, Armand in The Lady of the Camellias (Neumeier), Till Eulenspiegel, The Afternoon of a Faun (Nijinski), The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Abderam in Raymonda (Nureyev), Quasimodo in Notre-Dame de Paris, L’Arlésienne, Don José in Carmen, the Young man in Le Rendez-vous  (Petit), En Sol, Dances at a Gathering, A Suite of Dances, Other Dances, Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins), Jardin aux lilas, Dark Elegies (Tudor).

 

Soloist roles created with the Paris Opera Ballet : Attentat poétique (Larrieu, 1992), La Bayadère – dancing the role of the Slave (Nureyev, 1992), Camera Obscura (Petit, 1995), Voilà, c’est ça (Ullate, 1995), Allegro brillante, (Balanchine, 1996), The Four Seasons – dancing The Autumn (Robbins, 1996), IXth Symphony (Béjart, 1996), Ancient Airs and Dances (Tanner, 1997), Sylvia – dancing Orion (Neumeier, 1997), Casanova (Preljocaj, 1998), Pas./parts (Forsythe, 1999), Doux mensonges (Kylián, 1999), Clavigo (Petit, 1999), Emeralds / Jewels (Balanchine, 2000), Appartement (Ek, 2000), The Cage (Robbins, 2001), Wuthering Heights – dancing Heathcliff (Belarbi, 2002), O zlozony / O composite (Brown, 2004), Amoveo (Millepied, 2006, 2009), L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Orlin, 2007), La Fille mal gardée – dancing Colas (Ashton, 2007), A Sort of (Ek, 2008), Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler (Neumeier, 2009), Siddharta - title role (Preljocaj, 2010).

 

He received the Benois de la Danse (Moscow, 1995), the Nijinski Award (Monte-Carlo, 2004).

He is entitled Chevalier of Arts and Letters and of the Order of Merit. He is also choreographer.