Raised in Rambouillet, France, Isabelle Guérin began her ballet training at age 6 with local teachers. After attending the Conservatoire de Paris, where she was awarded the first Prize in 1977, she joined the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. One year later, at age 17, Ms. Guérin enrolled the Paris Opera Ballet. She is only “Quadrille” (the lowest rank of the Paris Opera Ballet hierarchy) when she is chosen by Kenneth McMillan to dance Spring Pas de quatre in his ballet The Four Seasons and by Pierre Lacotte to dance Sylphide’s Scottish Pas de deux.
Still a corps de ballet member,Rudolf Noureev gave Ms. Guérin her first leading roles as soloist : Kitri in Rudolf Noureev’s Don Quichotte. In 1984,
Ms. Guérin won the Silver Medal at the International Paris Ballet Competition.
On November 2, 1985, after having danced Bourmeister’s Swan Lake version, Isabelle Guérin is promoted – on stage – to the rank of “Danseuse Etoile” (Principal dancer) by Rudolf Noureev.
Considered as one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Ms. Guérin danced an extensive repertory of leading roles, including full-length repertory ballets, heritage works as well as new works by foremost choreographers, among them Jerome Robbins,Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe and Angelin Prejlocaj Her triumph as Nikiya, in Noureev’s new production of La Bayadère (1992), sealed her stardom.
– La Bayadère (Rudolf Noureev), Paris Opera Ballet: various casts of principals/soloists. – Don Quichotte (Rudolf Noureev) – Teatro alla Scala -The Norwegian National Ballet- Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow ( complete ballet.)
-Other Dances (Jerome Robbins), San Fransisco Ballet – American Ballet Theater- The National Ballet of Canada-Paris Opera ballet-Vienna State Ballet- Stanislavsky ballet various casts of principals/soloists.
– Swan Lake (Rudolf Noureev), Vienna State Ballet: coaching soloists.
– Etudes (Harald Lander), Vienna State Ballet: coaching soloists.
“EN AVANT” FOUNDATION
– Member of the Advisory Board. – Masterclass sessions: New York, May 2014 – San Fransisco, April 2015 – New York, April 2015 and Paris
– Recipient of the Pavlova Prize (Paris), 1988
– The Benois de la Danse (Moscow), 1993. – Awarded the French’s government “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres” (1993) and “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” in honor of her commitment to the world of ballet, (Paris 2011).
-The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for the 2017/2018 season for the revival of Other dances (Jerome Robbins )with the San Francisco Ballet
Ms. Guérin has performed as a guest artist with the Vienna Opera State Ballet, Berlin Ballet, Royal Ballet, Kirov, Bolchoï, Finland National Ballet, Twyla Tharp & Dancers, with the New York City Ballet (Balanchine Celebration 1993 and 2 seasons), Noureev and Friends, Teatro alla Scala – Milano, Palermo (Sicily)…
In August 2014, after more than 10 years away from performing, Ms. Guérin came back on stage with Manuel Legris in Patrick de Bana’s “Farewell Waltz” (Shanghai Grand Theater).
In June 2015 Gala Noureev In Vienna -July 2015 Gala in China -August 2015 World Ballet festival in Japan
-June 2016 Gala Noureev in Vienna
-April 2017 Gala in Homage of Julio Bocca at the H.Koch Theater in NYC -August 2017 Gala in Japan “Legris gala”
-May 2018 Gala Petipa Bolshoi Theater -June 2018 Gala Noureev in Vienna
FILM & TV CREDITS
– Cinderella (Rudolf Noureev), Isabelle Guérin et al. Paris Opera Ballet, 1987. La Sept/SFP/Electra. – Yvette Chauviré, une étoile pour l’exemple (Istar & Dances at a gathering). Isabelle Guérin et al.
Documentary, Paris Opera Ballet, 1988. Films du Prieuré. – La Bayadère (Rudolf Noureev), Isabelle Guérin, et al. Paris Opera Ballet, 1996. NVC Arts. – Le Parc (Angelin Preljocaj), Isabelle Guérin et al. Paris Opera Ballet, 1999. Bel Air. – Dancer’s dream, the great ballets of Rudolf Noureev – La Bayadère. Documentary, Paris Opera Ballet,
2002. ArtHaus Musik. – Notre-Dame de Paris (Roland Petit), Isabelle Guérin et al. Paris Opera Ballet, 2009. ArtHaus Musik.
– L’Arlésienne (Roland Petit), Isabelle Guérin et al. Paris Opera Ballet, 1997. TV movie. – Istar (Serge Lifar), Isabelle Guérin et al. Paris Opera Ballet, 1998. TV movie page2image24360