Jean-Marc Puissant



Born in 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 Bates Theatre.

Puissant’s designs for VIII are his first work to appear in American Ballet Theatre’s repertoire.

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