Olivier Patey began his career in 1966 at the Paris National Opera Ballet School. A student of Christiane Vaussard, Raymond Franchetti and then Gilbert Mayer and Alexandre Kalioujny, he joined the corps de ballet of the Opéra National de Paris in 1973, first in his class. Alicia Alonso, George Balanchine, Yuri Grigorovitch, Jérôme Robbins and Pierre Lacotte, guest choreographers, immediately chose him to perform solo roles. In 1976, Roland Petit created for him the role of Georges Hugon in his Ballet Nana.
Among her partners at the Opera: Dominique Khalfouni, Karen Kain, Wilfride Piollet, Ghislaine Thesmar, Elisabeth Platel, Sylvie Guillem, Monique Loudières, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Yannick Stéphant…
In 1983, after numerous roles including Sylvia, La Sylphide, Vaslaw, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Etudes, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, and creations by choreographers such as Alvin Nikolaïs, John Neumeier, Karole Armitage, he was appointed Premier Danseur. Rudolf Nureyev, Director of Dance, entrusted him with the roles of Frantz in Coppélia and the young man in Serge Lifar’s Les Mirages. He also created the main male role in Anthony Tudor’s Jardin aux lilas at the Opera.
From 1981, the date of his first choreography for Marie-Claude Pietragalla at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, he created ballets that later entered the repertoire of major companies (notably Histoire du Soldat for the National Ballet of Cuba in 1996).
Since 1983, he has organised and produced tours all over the world (Madagascar, India, Nigeria, Japan, Latin America, Spain, etc.). From 1988, the Association Française d’Action Artistique (now the Institut Français) has called on him to carry out tours, missions and choreographic residencies abroad (Syria, Paraguay, Cuba, Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Ukraine, Romania, Russia, etc.).
In 1997, after new creations for the Opera with Lucinda Childs, Mark Morris and Daniel Larrieu, he left the Opéra National de Paris to embark on an international freelance career.
In 2000 he was appointed Assistant Director of the Ballet of the Staatstheater Braunschweig in the Federal Republic of Germany, he then collaborated with the German opera houses of Rostock, Düsseldorf, Dresden, Eisenach, Chemnitz… He also sits on various juries of international competitions (Rome, Osaka, Kiev, Budapest, Novossibirsk, Istanbul).
Since 2001 he has been invited for master-classes: Compañia Nacional de Danza de Mexico, Kiev National Opera, Korean National University of Arts in Seoul and South Korea National Ballet, Perm State Opera Ballet in Russia, Perm Ballet School, Belgrade National Theatre Ballet, among others.
In 2004 he created two ballets: Calatori in Infern and Patetica for the Bucharest National Opera Ballet. In 2007 he taught at the Novosibirsk State Theatre Ballet in Russia and at the Scottish Ballet in Glasgow.In 2009, Nina Ananiashvili, star of the Bolshoi Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, invited her to Tbilisi to give master classes at the Z. Paliashvili National Opera Ballet, which she has directed since 2004. Paliashvili National Opera Ballet, which she has directed since 2004.
In 2010, he teaches at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and the Wielki Theatre in Warsaw. In 2011 and 2012, he was invited to the National Theatre of Macedonia in Skopje, in Astana in Kazhakstan, in Russia in Ufa, Perm, Novosibirsk and Sochi. In 2013, he was invited again to Perm and Astrakhan in Russia and Tbilisi in Georgia.
In 2017, he was invited by Yuri Grigorovitch to join the Jury of the Moscow International Competition. In 2018, he gives Master Classes at the Perm Ballet, co-chairs the Jury of the Krasnoyarsk International Competition with Vyacheslav Gordeev.In 2019 Altynai Asylmuratova invites him to Nursultan to teach at the Kazhak National Ballet and in September he joins Maestro Grigorovitch again for the Sochi Competition.
It is on his initiative that Pathé-Live provides live broadcasts of the Bolshoi ballets to more than a thousand cinemas around the world.
Olivier Patey is a member of the SACD (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers), a member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO. He was named Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in November 1996.
Wilfried received his ballet education at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium.
In March 1995 his first professional engagement was in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he danced with The Ballet am Badishes Staatstheater under the artistic direction of choreographer Germinal Cassado.
From August 1998 until September 2007 he worked as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher in Japan. Together with his wife he also ran and taught at the private ballet school of his mother in law.
While dancing at the IBC 2006 of Jackson, USA, former director Dinna Bjørn invited him to join the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, which he did in September 2007.
In 2009 he got promoted to Principal Dancer by Artistic Director Kenneth Greve.
From August 2013 until September 2020 he combines his duties as performing artist with those of coordinating the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, where he also taught the daily classes to the middle level and vocational boys.
Since 2013 he is a board member of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition (HIBC).
Wilfried graduated from HAMK (Häme University of Applied Science) as an International Professional Teacher in spring 2017.
Since 2019 he organises the International Summer Intensive in Helsinki, Finland, for the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, and acts as the Artistic Coordinator for this annual event.
He retires in September 2020, after an international career lasting more than 25 years and moves back to Antwerp, from where he shares as a self-employed his knowledge, experience and passion as a teacher, coach and consultant.
He joins the faculty of Dansstudio Arabesque and guest teaches at The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp/AP Artesis University, Ballet Flanders, Junior Ballet Antwerp and in workshops in Belgium and abroad.
From 2021 he is the private ballet coach for Dutch Olympic figure skater Lindsay van Zundert. In December 2016 he received the decoration; Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland.
Ime Essien-Hassel was trained as a stage dancer and dance teacher at the École Française de Ballet (Bonn) and the New City Dance School (Stuttgart). She worked as a dancer and singer in various musicals, rock operas and in modern musical theater in Germany. After her internship with the contemporary dance company Conny Janssen Danst in Rotterdam (NL) in 1992, Ime worked for Charleroi Danse/ Plan K in Belgium and with the Tanzcompagnie Gießen in Germany. There she worked first as a dancer, then as a rehearsal director and choreographic assistant in.
This was followed by a 7-year engagement as artistic rehearsal director (RD) with NorrDans in Härnösand (SE), and subsequently as guest RD with the Staatstheater Bielefeld (D), the Theater St. Gallen, as RD & ensemble coach with Skånes Dansteater in Malmö (SE) and assisting Jasper van Luijk (NL) in creation for the ArtEZ Bachelor of Dance in Arnhem (NL).
Since 2000 and 2007 Ime Essien-Hassel has been studying and working with the essential-communication approach Process Inquiry®, the movement inquiry through Dansergia®, and as a Change Catalyst®. This work and more forms the methodological basis for I.M.E. InnerMovementEvolution, the holistic approach for personal authentic performance quality and physicality that she teaches.
Since 2004 Ime Essien-Hassel taught and worked as a dance teacher and movement coach in contemporary dance companies, colleges of dance and open dance studios internationally – in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland & Tanzania, and was part of the former Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (US) Germany tour 2010.
I.M.E. InnerMovementEvolution is embedded in the curriculum of the ArtEZ Bachelor of Dance in Arnhem/ The Netherlands since 2005, with the main courses „Process Inquiry® in Dance”, Essence Work, Physical Musicality and Inner Architecture. Besides, it develops further to support personal development and healing through energy-movement understanding also for non-professional dancers and every-body.
Ime Essien-Hassel is a certified ContaKids Teacher.
Séverine de Cussac trained at the Paris Opera School of Dance under the direction of Claude Bessy. At 17, she was hired as a Quadrille at the Opéra National de Paris, where she danced for seven years in the large classical repertoire, numerous choreographies by Rudolf Nureyev, and neo-classical works by George Balanchine, Jérome Robins, and Maurice Béjart, in addition to entries in the repertoire of contemporary creations by William Forsythe, Mats Ek, and Angelin Preljocaj. She was a finalist in the Varna competition and obtained the State Diploma of the Ministry of Culture for teaching classical dance.
She was then hired as a soloist at the National Opera of Dresden in Germany under the direction of Vladimir Derevianko.
Vladimir Derevianko’s direction. She performed in numerous roles in the ballets of John Neumeier, Uwe Scholz, John Cranko and played „Giselle“. She works with great choreographers such as Jirì Kyliàn, Mats Ek. Under the direction of Aaron Watkin she continued to work with William Forsythe and met David Dawson and Oad Naharin.
After a twenty-year career as a dancer, she became a classical dance teacher at the Dresden Palucca Hochschule für Tanz“ in 2013. She teaches Classical Dance, Pointes and Variations of the Repertoire to students from 11 to 16 years old, as well as to students of the Superior Cycle. She also participates in the preparation of performances in collaboration with the „Semperoper Ballett“ of Dresden.
She is also a mentor in the training of students in the Master of Pedagogy program. She participates in further training and didactic method sessions at her school and at seminars.
In 2012 Vira graduated with honours from Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Academy named after Serge Lifar and joined Lviv National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine as a corps de
ballet dancer. In the course of 2012-2013 she had a chance to perform a variety of corps de ballet and small soloist roles.
Having joined the Astrakhan State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia by the invitation from the Choreographer and Artistic Director Konstantin Uralskiy in 2013, Vira became a Principal Ballet Dance the same year and performed a number of leading roles in ballets like “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Edith Piaf”. By 2015 Gained a BA in Choreography Teaching.
Since 2013 – 2019 her repertoire included leading roles in a variety of ballets such as “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, “The Nutcracker”, “Le Corsaire”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Chopiniana”, “La Bayadere”. Many of them were also performed on the stages of France, Poland and Great Britain during theatre tours.
In 2018 Vira moved permanently to the UK continuing her work as an invited soloist in Ukrainian companies and taking part in some contemporary projects in Great Britain. She especially enjoyed working with emerging choreographers.
From 2019 she started to consolidate her dancing career with teaching. Currently working for Performing Arts College “Bodyworks company” in Cambridge, Vira is often invited to teach ballet intensives and open classes in London.
Marina Albouy graduated from the Voronezh Ballet Academy in Russia in 1986.
She starts her career at the Donetsk Opera Ballet Theatre (Ukraine).
After being awarded the Silver medal in senior division and Best couple award at the “USA International Ballet Competition” in Jackson in 1994, Marina has been invited to share her talent with many international ballet companies as Principal Artist member and/ or as International Guest Artist worldwide:
USA “Richmond Ballet”, “Arlington Ballet”, “Tulsa Ballet”,
Germany “Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf”, “Deutsche Oper Berlin”, “Theater Krefeld Monchengladbach“, “Aalto Ballet Theater Essen“, “Ballet Staatstheater Bremerhaven“, “Mainfranken Theater Wurzburg“, “Theater Dortmund“, “Leipziger Ballet”
Portugal “Compania National Bailado“, “Estonian National Ballet”, “Slovenian National
Ballet”, France “Opera de Nice”, Australia “Queensland Ballet” among others…
Beside dancing the major roles from the traditional classical ballet repertoire, Marina was always looking to make her dancing career artistically richer and versatile.
Among others Marina worked and danced different styles of choreography from A.Bournonville, G.Balanchine, F.Ashton, J.Cranko, J.Limon, J.Batler, A.De Mille,A.Tudor, K.Jooss,V.Nebrada, E.Walter, J.Neumeier, H.V.Manen, U.Scholz, H.Spoerli,N.Christe, V.Caniparoli, C.Bruce, Y.Vamos, M.Burn.
Marina participated to numerous Ballet Galas, Dance Festivals worldwide and have been also Jury member for many International Ballet/Dance competitions.
In 2008 Marina founded and organize together with her husband Guy Albouy the “M&G International Ballet Summer School Dresden” in Germany which offers one of the best Summer Ballet/Dance education programs worldwide.
After her 23 years successful dancing career, Marina accomplished in 2009 her Pedagogical education at the Vaganova Ballet Academy (Russia) and join the Palucca University of Dance Dresden as a Ballet Professor.
Since 2014, Marina taught and shared her knowledge with the “Royal Swedish Ballet School” students in Stockholm where she also choregraphed various pieces for them.
Guy Albouy is born in France, graduated from the “Conservatoire National Superieur de Danse de Lyon” (France) where he obtained his Diploma “Diplome National D’Etudes Superieure Choregraphiques” in 1990.
3rd price at the ballet competition “Prix Carpeaux” 1989.
Guy started his career at the age of 17 with the “Basler Ballet” in Switzerland in 1990 where he became rapidly Soloist Dancer.
In 1994, joined the “Compania National de Danza” (Spain) directed by Mr.Victor Ullate.
As Principal Dancer, Guy worked with the “Deutsches Oper am Rhein” Dusseldorf in Germany, the “Compania National Bailado” in Portugal, the “Leipziger Ballet” and the “SemperOper Ballet” in Germany.
He has been invited to perform as Guest Artist with International ballet companies: “Arlington Ballet”, “Tulsa Ballet” (USA). “Deutsche Oper Berlin”, “Bayerisches Staatsballett” Munich, “Theater Krefeld Monchengladbach“, “Mainfranken Theater Wurzburg“, “Theater Dortmund“ (Germany). “Ostre Gasvaerk Theater’’ Copenhagen (Denmark), “Estonian National Ballet”, “Slovenian National Ballet”, “Opera de Nice” (France), “Queensland Ballet” (Australia), “Donetsk Ballet” (Ukraine), Ballet National Bucharest (Romania) and others…
Guy participated to numerous Ballet Gala and Dance Festivals International worldwide. He is also invited regularly as jury member for Dance/Ballet Competition.
Besides dancing most of male Principal roles from the Classical repertoire, Guy experienced different styles and varied repertoire from different choreographers along his career like:
M-Petipa, Y.Grigorovitsch, A. Bournonville, G.Balanchine, J. Neumeier, J.Cranko, M.Béjart, U.Scholz, H. Spoerli, Y.Vamos, Mats Ek, J.Kylian, N.Christe, C.Bruce, W.Forsythe, H.Van Manen, T.Harm, A.Watkin, D.Dawson, S.Celis,… and others.
In 2008, Guy founded and organize every year since, together with his wife, Marina Albouy a Dance education program the “M&G International Ballet Summer School” in Dresden (Germany).
In 2013 and after 23 years career, Guy started teaching classes at the SemperOper Ballet company then joined the Palucca University of Dance Dresden as Ballet Teacher.
In 2014, the director of the Royal Swedish Ballet company, Mr.J.Ohmann, invited Guy to teach and coach the young dancers from the Apprentice program from the Royal Swedish Ballet.
Since 2015, Guy is teaching, and sharing is knowledge and experience with the students at the Royal Swedish Ballet School Stockholm.
Winner of several international competitions, Tatiana Sukhareva performs as a solo pianist on numerous stages around the world (Carnegie Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow Philharmonic) and in other prestigious venues in Russia and abroad, notably in Europe, China and the United States.
Tatiana Sukhareva collaborates with conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovitch, Alexander Lazarev, Vladimir Yurovsky, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vasily Sinaisky, Felix Korobov, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan,…
Accompanist at the Academic Music College of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow; solo pianist at the Evgeny Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra: Tatiana Sukhareva collaborates with numerous orchestras and festivals in Russia.
In addition to her work with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra, she is a ballet accompanist at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre.
Since 2009 until today, Tatinata Sukhareva is also a soloist of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra, where she also works as a concertmaster of the keyboard group.
Daniil Arsenev is a professional musician, conductor, violinist, and pianist. He graduated from the Conservatory of Saint-Petersburg to continue his studies in Belgium at the Royal Conservatory of Liège.
He is a holder of 1st prize in the International Music Competition in Stockholm and of Diploma from the International Music Competition Eugène Ysaÿe in Belgium.
He worked as an assistant-conductor and accompanist of Mariinsky theatre and of Opera of the Conservatory in Saint-Petersburg. He was a piano accompanist at the Folk Dance School in Saint- Petersburg. In 2020 he released a CD ‘’Russian Album” with pianist Polina Alexandrova at the Petersburg Recording Studio (Melodiya). He took part in the productions of the Royal Opera of Wallonia.
Nino Barkaya started playing the piano and ballet dancing at the age of 6 and during the years those two fields of art were simultaneously developing in her life.
In 2002 Nino was admitted to the V. Chabukiani’s school of classical ballet and to the Z. Paliashvili Music school Batumi, Georgia. During these years she performed many solo concerts and concerts with orchestra (conductor David Mukeria). At the same time she performed ballet spectacles like ‘’Sleeping beauty’’, ‘’Nutcracker’’, ‘’Giselle’’, ‘’Don Quixote’’ and danced solo ballet variations.
After eight years of study in 2010 she admitted to the V. Sarajishvili ’s Conservatoire Tbilisi, Georgia. After four years she graduated for her Bachelor’s degree. During her studying in Conservatory she was soloist of Georgian ensemble ‘’Erisioni’’.
In 2015 Nino won a scholarship DAAD and continued her Master’s degree in ‘’Hochschule für Musik und Tanz’’ Cologne, Germany with Prof. Sheila Arnold. She performed her concerts in Cologne, Aachen and participated in several master classes by Den Tepfer, Alexander Korsantia, Valerian Shiukashvili, Nina Tichman.
In 2018 Nino returned in Georgia, started teaching children playing piano and worked like accompanist of viola, violin, clarinet, bassoon players in various concerts, competitions and festivals.
In 2019 during one year Nino danced modern ballet in Giorgi Aleksidze’s Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet.
In 2022 Nino was admitted to the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Prof. Philippe Riga, Piano-accompaniment.