Jean Christophe Lesage
Jean Christophe Lesage was born in Freiburg. He received his ballet training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. His teachers were Roger Ritz, Pierre Lacotte, Raymond Franchetti and Claire Motte. Between 1981 and 1987 he was a dancer in the Ballet National de Marseille – Roland Petit, in the Bonn Ballet (Direction: Peter van Dyk) and in the Ballet Basel (Direction: Heinz Spoerli). In 1988 Konstanze Vernon engaged him as a Soloist with the ballet of the Bavarian State Opera. In 1993 he started teaching at the Heinz Bosl Foundation and with Jessica Iwanson, from 1995 he worked as rehearsal director at the Bavarian State Ballet. After completing a degree in ballet pedagogy (Waganowa method) at the University of Music and Drama in Munich, Jean Christophe Lesage became ballet master of the Bavarian State Ballet in 1998 (Direction: Ivan Liška). In 2004 he moved to the Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid and became ballet master and assistant to Victor Ullate. From 2007 to 2023, Jean Christophe Lesage has been rehearsal director and ballett master for the Vienna State Ballet. He was responsible for the staging of »La Fille mal gardée« not only for the Vienna State Ballet but also for the companies in Bordeaux, Budapest, Tokyo, Seoul and Bratislava. In 2019 he staged Pierre Lacotte's »La Sylphide« at the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires.