The Dancers

Marie Varlet

Romeo and Juliet, by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Wellington, NZ. 15.08.2017. Romeo and Juliet, performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Marie Varlet began her ballet training in the city of Saint-Quentin, France, where she was born. Recipient of several national and international competitions, 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 Opera Ballet School.

After graduating from the Paris Opera Ballet School 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 program where she took on a leading role in the creation of Ma Cong’s impulse within and performed roles including Cinderella in Cinderella, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Swanilda in Coppélia choreographed by Alexei Kremnev. 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, she had the pleasure of performing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker and the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, and in other contemporary works from Timothy O’Donnell and Garrett Smith. Marie spent the last 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.

Marie joined the RNZB in June 2016 and in her time with the company has danced 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. In 2017 Marie performed in both Carmen and L’Arlesienne by Roland Petit and as one of Juliet’s friends in the premiere of Romeo and Juliet by Francesco Ventriglia.


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