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Béatrice Mille


I wanted to dance from a very young age. My first memories of dance go back to my childhood when I watched videos that made me want to reproduce the dancers’ movements. I studied dance at the Académie Franchetti, the dance school of the Opéra de Paris and then the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), where I won the gold medal in 1997. In 1998, I joined the Rudra-Béjart school in Lausanne before moving to the Italian company Aterballetto in 2000 run by Mauro Bigonzetti and then Cristina Bozzolini.

I joined the Ballet National de Marseille in 2009, motivated by my admiration for Roland Petit. I love the atmosphere of the city here and the very human energy of the company. For me, the arrival of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten has turned my vision of dance on its head, particularly the Double Skin/Double Mind technique that allows research into your body in space and the profound feelings that motivate us.

When I think of the “body in revolt”, the main theme explored in the company’s work alongside the “corps du ballet”, I see an angry body that growls when it’s alone. Surrounded, it turns into an aggregate then a revolution. But it’s also the tool that generates feelings in me that I’d know nothing about if I’d chosen a different career.