Dancer, Hugo Marchand

15 May 2021  |  Culture

Dancer, the book by Hugo Marchand, principal dancer at the Paris Opera

Hugo Marchand, a 27-year-old star dancer, released an autobiographical book Dancer, written in collaboration with Caroline de Bodinat.

We are all born with some form of bud in ourselves, which may or may not hatch

Hugo Marchand

His journey

At the age of 9, Hugo Marchand wanted to become a dancer and then entered the Nantes Conservatory. Ultra perfectionist, from an early age, Hugo trains ardently.

At the age of 14, he joined the prestigious ballet school of the Opéra de Paris.

At 20, he was promoted Coryphée and Subject the following year.

At 22, he became Premier Dancer.

In 2017, at the age of 24, he was named Principal Dancer.

Manon's story

In 2015, Hugo Marchand was chosen to play in Histoire de Manon, a ballet by choreographer Kennet MacMillan with Dorothée Gilbert, principal dancer.

For the dancer, it will be ecstasy. Osmosis is perfect with its partner.

Hugo Marchand confides that this is not always the case.

He will play Solor in La Bayadère, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Oberon in Midsummer Night's Dream among others.

Hugo Marchand also stands out in the contemporary repertoire and works with Benjamin Millepied or Crystal Pite.


Writing such a young autobiography was not his own initiative but that of a publishing house.

I was 23 when Éditions Arthaud called me to offer me this project. I didn't feel legitimate to do a dance book, but I liked the idea of ​​telling what it means to start a profession so young and live it. I wrote to share the emotional and intellectual journey of this learning. It took me over three years to write Danser. This book was therapeutic. I plunged back into memories, challenges, years as hard as they were beautiful…, I cried a lot, laughed, relived very strong emotions.

Hugo Marchand responding to Madame Figaro

Dancer, an autobiographical book by Hugo Marchand and written with Caroline de Bodinat, has been published by Editions Arthaud.

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Virginie Erre

After gaining a Masters Degree from the Panthéon Sorbonne, I worked as a real-estate agent for luxury properties and now am a manager with Pure France high quality holiday rentals. I am also a yoga instructor.

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