Biography of Yvette Chauviré (1917-VVVV)

Dancer, teacher and artistic director born in Paris on April 22, 1917, well known in the world of dance as the French Fonteyn.

He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and at the school of l'Opera under the direction of Carlotta Zambelli, Madame Rousanne, Albert Aveline and Boris Kniaseff over their years of training. He/She participated in the filming of Benoît-Lévy Le Mort du Cygne (1937), Janine Charrat and Sergei Lifar. He/She joined the Ballet l'Opera de Paris in 1930, and 1941 amounted to dancer the company etoile. He/She debuted leading roles in the ballets of Serge Lifar: Le Roi Nu (1936), David Triomphant (1937), Alexandre le Grand (1937), Le Chevalier et Damoiselle (1941), Istar (1941), Joan de Zarissa (1942), Suite en Blanc (1943), Les Mirages (1947) and constellations (1969), as well as in La Belle Hélène (1955) by John Cranko and Concerto aux Etolies (1956) of Harald Lander. During the 1946-47 season, when Eugene Grünberg returned to constitute the Nouveau Ballet de Monte Carlo, Chauviré became part of the cast as a prima ballerina, although he/she kept his position as etoile in l' Opéra de Paris. The company premiered new Lifar ballets: Giselle (1946), Dramma per La Peri (1946), music (1946) and Nauteos (1947), Chota Roustaveli (1946), in addition to Cressida (1946) of Janine Charrat.

He was guest dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo between 1950-52 and 1957-58, he/she danced Mort du Cygne (1950) and Romeo and Juliet (1950), put in scene by her husband Constantin Nepo Designer, as well as the Ballet of Victor Gsovsky Nocturne (1950) and Grand Pas Classique (1950), the latter Chauviré premiered a few months earlier with the Ballets des Champs-Elysées. In 1958, he/she began a series of tours with Milroad Miskovitch Brazil, Portugal, and Russia, as well as with the Royal Ballet in London, he/she danced the role of Aurora in the sleeping beauty for the first time. Then he/she continued dancing in Paris, in addition to working as a teacher for the school of l' Opéra and the Academie Internationale de Danse, who led between 1981 and 1982.

He definitely retired from the scene in 1972. It has been awarded the French Legion of Honor (1964), the order of Arts and letters (1975), the Medal of the International Council of dance of UNESCO (1986) and the title of Commandeur of the Légion d'honneur (1988). He/She is the author of the book Je suis ballerine (Paris, 1960).