Roland Petit  

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Roland Petit (January 13, 1924 - July 10, 2011) was a French choreographer and dancer born in Villemomble near Paris, France. He trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet school, and became well known for his creative ballets.

Personal life

He married Zizi Jeanmaire in 1954, a performer in a number of his works. His memoirs were published in 1993, J'ai dansé sur les flots (English: I Danced on the Waves). In 1947 his mother, Rose Repetto, founded the world-known ballet shoe company, Repetto.


From 1942 to 2008 Roland Petit has created 176 choregraphies including :

  • Guernica (1945)
  • Le jeune homme et la mort (1946)
  • Les forains (1948)
  • Carmen (1949)
  • Ballabile (1950)
  • Le loup (1953)
  • Notre-Dame de Paris (1965)
  • Paradise Lost (1967)
  • Kraanerg (1969)
  • Roland Petit Ballet (1973)
  • Proust, ou Les intermittences du coeur (1974)
  • Coppélia (1975)
  • La symphonie fantastique (1975)
  • Le fantôme de l’Opéra (1980)
  • Les amours de Frantz (1981)
  • The Blue Angel (1985)
  • Clavigo (1999)
  • Les chemins de la création (2004)

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