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Luciana Paris

Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

Luciana ParisBorn in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana Paris began her ballet training at the age of seven with Elena Perez.  From 1991-1996 she studied at the Colon Theater Superior de Art Institute with Katty Gallo and Raul and Candal.  Paris is a recipient of a Colon Theater Foundation Scholarship, based on her outstanding qualifications at Colon Theater Superior Ballet Institute.  She won a Gold Medal at the Latin American Dance Competition in 1995.

In 1996 Paris was invited by Maximilano Guerra to join Ballet Camara and tour with the company in Argentina.  She then joined the Teatro Colon Ballet as a soloist where she performed the role of Red Riding Hood in The Sleeping Beauty.

In December 1996 Paris joined Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino as a principal dancer and became Bocca’s dance partner.  Ballet Argentino’s Artistic Director was Lidia Segni, and Ballet Master William Burman.  From 1997 to 2001 Luciana Paris and Julio Bocca danced together a vast classical, neoclassical and modern repertoire including the Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux, Coppélia Pas de Deux, The Nutcracker Pas de Deux, Black Swan Pas de Deux, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, Paquita, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Donizetti Variations, Mauro Bigonzetti’s Interlaced Symphony, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels – the white couple – and Acts of Lights – Lament – (both staged by Peggy Lyman); Jean Pierre Aviotte’s Birdy, Maurico Wainrot’s From far Away and Echoes, Oscar Araiz’s Tango, Ana Maria Stekelman’s Zita, Alberto Mendez’ Late at Nap and Suite Generis, Ricky Pashkus’ Muchacha Ojos de Papel, Kevin O’Day’s Blood Grover, and many others.  Paris’ repertoire with Ballet Argentino company also included Myrta in Ballet Argentino’s production of Giselle at the Luna Park Buenos Aires featuring Alessandra Ferri in the title role.

Paris went on many national tours in Argentina and international tours around the world with Julio Bocca and the Ballet Argentino, including Greece, Brazil, Italy, Spain, China, Japan Germany, the United States, Israel, Thailand, France, Cuba, Panama, Singapore and Chile.

Paris appeared at the 1997 Birmingham Ballet Gala in England dancing the Coppélia Pas de Deux with Julio Bocca.

Paris joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in October 2001. Her repertoire with the Company includes a flower girl and the lead gypsy in Don Quixote; the first Shade variation, the small Pas d’Action and the lead D’Jampe in La Bayadère; an Odalisque, the Lead Pirate Woman, a Woman in Orange and Woman in Yellow in Le Corsaire; the pas de trois, the Spanish Princess, the Spanish Dance and a cygnet in Swan Lake; Bathilde, the First Girl in Fancy Free; the peasant pas de deux and a friend of Giselle in Giselle; Prudence in Lady of the Camellias; Her Other Stepsister and Moss in James Kudelka’s Cinderella; Prayer, Mazurka Lady and Lead Mazurka and Czardas in Coppélia; Columbine, Spanish Dance and one of The Nutcracker’s Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker; a Carnival Dancer in Othello; the Third Duet in The Leaves Are Fading, the Lead Polovtsian Girl in the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, a Harlot and Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet, the Fairy of Joy in The Sleeping Beauty, Persephone in Sylvia, the cowgirl in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, a Can-Can Lady in The Merry Widow, the Lead Saracen Dancer in Raymonda, Zina’s friend in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream, and leading roles in Antony Tudor’s Pillar of Fire, Jardin Aux Lilas and Dark Elegies; in Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, In the Upper Room, Brief Fling, The Brahms-Hayden Variations, Rabbit and Rogue, Baker’s Dozen and Bach Partita; in Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphony #9, Dumbarton, Firebird ,The Bright Stream and Seven Sonatas; in Jiri Kylian’s  Petit Mort; in Paul Taylor’s Company B, Airs and Black Tuesday; in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, Symphonie Concertante, Symphony in C, Ballet Imperial and Ballo della Regina; in Merce Cunningham’s Duets; in James Kudelka’s Désir; in Harald Lander’s Études; in Jorma Elo’s Glow – Stop; in Mark Morris’ Gong and in Aszure Barton’s One of Three.

Luciana Paris created a leading role in Robert Hill’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra (world premiere at New York City Center in 2002, fearing Julie Kent, Angel Corella, Marcelo Gomes, Herman Cornejo, Michelle Wiles, Luciana Paris and Marian Butler), and appeared with Project Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director Robert Hill, Artistic Associate Georgina Parkinson, at the Ballet Hawaii Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall (Honolulu) and at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui) – Hawaii, 2002.

Paris danced Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite with Marcelo Gomes at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Gala Opening in Las Vegas, March 20, 2012, broadcast and set to air on PBS on September 21, 2012, and at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors when choreographer Twyla Tharp was one of the six Honorees, broadcast on CBS December 30, 2008.  Paris also danced Sinatra Suite at the New York City Center with José Carreño in 2006 – Carreño’s debut in Sinatra Suite – at the 2011 ABT Fall Season Opening Night Gala with Herman Cornejo, and at the 2012 Fall for Dance Festival at the New York City Center, also with Herman Cornejo

Luciana Paris’ guest appearances include the Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux at Teatro Ciudad de las Artes (Argentina) with Colon Theater principal Federico Fernandez (2012); Giselle in Giselle with ABT’s Roddy Doble as Albrecht, with Southhold Dance Theater (2012); Know by Heart pas de deux, choreography by Twyla Tharp, with Sean Stewart as her partner, and Gemma Bond’s Manner, with the Ballet Manchester at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the premiere of David Fernandez’s Libertango, with New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia as her partner, at the El Museo del Barrio Theater (New York 2012); the Sugar Plum in the Southhold Dance Theater’s production of The Nutcracker in 2010, with ABT’s Sean Stewart as the Cavalier, in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s production of the same title in 2009, with ABT soloist Jared Matthews as her partner; and also in 2003 with Colin County Ballet’s production, dancing the Grand Pas de Deux with ABT principal Jesus Pastor.   Paris also toured Spain as a guest dancer with Angel Corells’s Company several times, dancing George Balanchine’s Who Cares? with Herman Cornejo, among other other roles.


Evening With the Stars 2014