Stephane Fournial

Stephane Fournial

Stéphane Fournial is a French Ballet dancer, he was born in France, in June 1961.

Training

He trained under Solange Golovine, Principal dancer and Maître de Ballet at the Ballet «Marquis de Cuevas», historical French Ballet Company. He continued studying with Rosella Hightower at the Académie International de la Danse de Cannes and then with Jean Babilé and Serge Peretti. He also studied with other important teachers of Paris Opéra, such as Raymond Franchetti and Noëlla Pontois. From all of them he learned that besides technique, academic rigour doesn’t damage sensitivity, but, on the contrary, it fosters expression of individuality. He also learned to face this rigour with love, passion and dedication. With these motivations and feelings he continues to focus on his career as a dancer, as well as developing the activities of 6-prime.

Dancing career

Fournial started his artistic career with the Ballet de Marseille of Roland Petit in 1979, and two years later danced at the «Opéra du Nord» in Lille. In 1982, he danced as a guest artist with the Tokyo Ballet. From 1984 until 1990 he danced with the Ballet Company of «Badisches Staatstheater» in Karlsruhe (Germany). From 1990 he guested with several important international Theatres, including the « Stuttgart Ballet », the « Marijinsky » in St. Petersbourg, the « Teatro National di Sao Carlos » in Lisbon, the Scottish Ballet, the « Teatro Alla Scala » in Milan, the « Teatro San Carlo » in Naples, the « Ballet du Capitole » in Toulouse, the « Teatro la Fenice » in Venice, the « Arena di Verona », and many others. In 1995 he was awarded the « Positano Prize Léonid Massine », and the « Festival Split Prize » in Croatia in 1997. During his career as a dancer, he performed the role of Albrecht in « Giselle », Romeo in « Romeo and Juliet », Basilio in « Don Quichotte », Prince Siegfried in « Swan Lake », Don José in Carmen, and then « le Corsaire », « les Sylphides », « Cinderella », « Coppelia », « the Nutcracker » and many others. He danced with some of the most important international stars : Claude de Vulpian, Carole Arbo, Irena Pasaric, Margaret Illman, Carla Fracci, Sofiane Sylve. And he worked with great choreographers including Roland Petit, Wayne Eagling, Pierre Lacotte, Robert North, Maurice Béjart, Frederic Ashton, Hans Van Manen, Germinal Casado, Derek Dean, Joseph Lazzini e Tetley, Luciano Cannito.

Later career

After his dance career, he became the artistic co-ordinator for « Mönchengladbach », and later on he became Tour manager of the Het National Ballet of Amsterdam. Stéphane Fournial founded “6-prime”, with the ambitious objective of representing and promoting young talented artists and emerging companies, as well as promoting already established artists who share the inspiring and motivating philosophy of 6-prime

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