Explosive stars of the Paris Opera

We can see them and see them again, we get carried away again, we fall in love, worse, we do not always recognize them because their ability to play their skin on stage is great. Risky role-taking, limpid dance line, technique and fine acting, the stars of the Opéra national de Paris Stéphane Bullion, 41, Mathieu Ganio, 37, and Mathias Heymann, 33, shine . Gathered exceptionally in the Roland Petit program – all three were elected to dance alternately The Young Man and Death -, but also on the bill of Romeo and Juliet, by Rudolf Nureyev, they offer themselves an explosive end of the season, passing overnight from the neoclassical tense of one to the ogress virtuosity of the other.

The three boys danced everything: the classics and the contemporaries, the princes and the young first, the good guys and the bad guys

Seized on the fly in his dressing room at the Palais Garnier, Stéphane Bullion has transparent blue eyes above the mask. “I prefer to keep it because I don’t want to spoil my last performances”, he slips. He flies over his schedule until July 10: with three roles including the complex one of Don José, in Carmen, not really time to see her children except to take them to school in the morning. One year from retirement, set at 42 at the Paris Opera, he releases a joyfully youthful energy. “I have often been told that I was doing too much but it is my job and I take advantage of it because time flies, he emphasizes. Besides, I like to put myself in danger in new ballets. It’s exhilarating. And then, there are things that cannot be refused and I cannot say no to a proposal. ”

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Stéphane Bullion, Mathieu Ganio, Mathias Heymann have danced everything: the classics and the contemporaries, the princes and the young first, the good guys and the bad guys. Their courses are concentrated in the history of dance: the great ballets but also works by Pina Bausch, Maurice Béjart, Mats Ek, William Forsythe… And they still want more. “Hugo Marchand, star of the new generation, asked me recently if I was not full, Bullion continues. Well no ! I still have curiosity. I like everything. Until Tybalt’s sword fight, in Romeo and Juliet ! I don’t have easy contact in life, but through work, I discover others and the pleasure of going on stage with them. “

Fade and shine

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