PATRICK DUPOND TO ARRIVE IN VARNA FOR THE 50TH JUBILEE OF BALLET COMPETITION
Patrick Dupond’s career jumpstarted in 1976 when he was awarded the Special Distinction of the city of Varna that matched the Grand Prix for boys and this threw open the door for him to the National Opera of Paris.
The emblematic star of French ballet, Patrick Dupond will honor the International Ballet Competition – Varna by personally attending the 50th Jubilee edition of the event that will take place from the 15 to the 30 July of this year. The artist will be among the guests of honor of the high forum, was announced from the organizer of the event, the International Ballet Competition – Varna Foundation.
Patrick Dupond became a star in 1976 when he was one of the competitors in the International Ballet Competition in Varna.The 16-years-old (at that time) Frenchman immediately won the admiration of the audience and of the connoisseurs in Varna, and the Jury awarded him the Special Distinction of the city of Varna in the Boys category. This Distinction threw open the door to the National Opera of Paris for him where he later was proclaimed an Etoile(Star),and in 1990 he became Director of the Ballet. The biography of Patrick Dupond as an artist is characterized by an impressive classical repertoire. He has worked with great choreographers such as Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Bejart, and Alvin Ailey. He took part in the movie “Dancing Machine” partnering with Alain Delon who was also producer of the film.
In 1996 Patrick Dupond participated in the Gala Concert of the International Ballet Competition in Varna. He performed the staged particularly for him ballet of “Salome” under the choreography of Maurice Bejart, and was appraised by unprecedented twenty minutes of applause.
Today, the 55-years-old Dupond still dances in spectacles with his stage partner Leila Da Rocha. In 2008, the two of them created the spectacle “Fusion” in which classical ballet, character and Oriental dance are interwoven. The audience was exhilarated by the spectacle, and French reviews read it manifested “the marriage of the East and the West with the entire richness of their personal differences and with the blend of their cultures”.In 2013, the two artists launched their new show “Love and Caetera” that had its premiere on November 30 in the Saint Andre Church in Reims. The spectacle was in support of the disabled children and Dupond and Rocha are now considering yet another spectacle, and have also started a dance class for children with disabilities.