Grenoble, France, Jean-Marc Puisssant is based in London. He trained
at the Motley Theatre Design Course in London which was founded by Margaret
Harris and is currently directed by Alison Chitty. He also studied art
history and archaeology at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Puissant’s career began as a professional dancer, studying at
the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris before graduating from
the Paris Opera Ballet School. He joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet
and the Stuttgart Ballet, dancing roles in classical, neo-classical
and modern repertoires.
Puissant’s costume and set designs for dance include costumes
for Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake for the Pennsylvania
Ballet; Tryst for The Royal Ballet, which was nominated for
the 2003 Olivier Award as Best New Dance Production; Maina Gielgud’s
production of Giselle for the Ballet de l’Opera National
du Rhin; the set for Marcia Haydée’s production of The
Sleeping Beauty for the Ankara State Ballet; David Bintley’s
The Seasons for the Birmingham Royal Ballet; Elsa Canasta
for the Rambert Dance Company which was nominated for the 2004 Olivier
Award for Best Achievement in Dance; J. Edma & Mother Tolson
for the Gothenburg Opera Ballet, El Uno Y Medio, a solo for
David Hughes, all choreographed by Javier de Frutos; BeBob for the Nederlands
Dans Theatre II and the Ballett Saarbruecken; Reverse Deconstruct
for the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; and Poetic License for
the Kommische Oper Berlin.
Puissant’s other designs include L’incoronazione Di
Poppea for the Royal Academy Opera; Peer Gynt for the
Battersea Arts Centre; Of Mice and Men for the Southwark Playhouse
Education; The Tales From the Vienna Woods for LAPA at The
Gate and The Rothko Room/In the Western Garden at the Tristan
Puissant’s designs for VIII are his first work to appear
in American Ballet Theatre’s repertoire.