Marie Varlet joined the RNZB in June 2016. 2018 saw her appear in The Piano: the ballet, Dancing with Mozart and three out of four new works in the women’s suffrage-themed Strength & Grace. She ended the year performing the role of Marie in The Nutcracker.
In 2017 Marie performed in both Carmen and L’Arlésienne by Roland Petit, in the contemporary Three By Ekman season, and as one of Juliet’s friends in Romeo and Juliet. Her first appearances with the company were in Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s New Zealand restaging of Giselle, and in the Hong Kong and Wellington seasons of Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Marie began her ballet training in the city of Saint-Quentin, France. Recipient of several national and international prizes, she reached the semi-finals of the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and the top twelve of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City in 2008. The same year, at the age of 15, she attended the Paris Opéra Ballet School.
After graduating she took first place in the Youth America Grand Prix European finals in Paris and received a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago trainee programme. Marie then danced with the Milwaukee Ballet for two seasons where she was featured in Michael Pink’s Romeo and Juliet, Mirror Mirror, Don Quixote and Giselle, appeared as Clara in The Nutcracker and the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, and in contemporary works by Timothy O’Donnell and Garrett Smith. Marie spent the 2015/16 season in Switzerland with Ballett Zurich and was featured in the world premiere of the reconstruction of Alexei Ratmansky’s Swan Lake and in Patrice Bart’s Giselle.
The Piano: the ballet