Danced Conferences: Nicolas Le Riche The Faun and I

Saturday 26 November 2016, Sunday 8 and Saturday 14 January 2017

© Francette Levieux
Danced Conferences: Nicolas Le Riche The Faun and I

© Francette Levieux

Imagined by Nicolas Le Riche, The Faun and I narrates through dance a story inspired by The Afternoon of a Faun created in 1912 by Vaslav Nijinski. During a reading performed by Eric Génovèse of the Comédie française, Clairemarie Osta's dance interpretation directed by the choreographer Nicolas Le Riche, opens a dialogue with Nijinski's mythical figure.


From transmission to creative interpretation, this encounter imagined by Nicolas Le Riche pays tribute to the original Faun.

the artists

Artistic Director
The artists
Nicolas Le Riche

Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director


Nicolas Le Riche began dancing with Pierre Schwartz in Pontoise and spent two years studying under him. He joined the Paris Opera Ballet school, where he studied for six years under the guidance of Claude Bessy. He then joined the Paris Opera Ballet where he rose through the ranks competitively: Quadrille in 1988, Choryphée in 1989 (1st in the competition), Sujet in 1990 (1st in the competition), Premier danseur in 1991 (1st in the competition).    

He was named Danseur Étoile (Principal Dancer) in 1993. As opening dancer, he worked with the greatest Classical Masters as well as the greatest contemporary creators at the Paris Opera and in the biggest opera houses around the world (Royal Opera House, Bolshoi, Kirov, La Scala in Milan, Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet, etc.).


Répertoire Classique (les rôles d’Étoiles uniquement)

Giselle (Coralli-Perrot), Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote (Nureyev), La Sylphide  (Lacotte), La Fille mal Gardée (Ashton), Napoli  (Bournonville), Le Spectre de la Rose  (Fokine), Afternoon of a Faun, Till Eulenspiegel  (Nijinski), Ivan the Terrible, Spartacus (Grigorovich), Grand Pas Classique (Gsovsky), Études (Lander), Suite en Blanc, Les Mirages, L'envol d'Icare (Lifar), Le Train bleu  (Nijinska), Petrushka (Fokine),  l’Histoire de Manon (MacMillan),  Eugene Onegin (Cranko), Cinderella (Nureyev), Marguerite and Armand (Ashton), etc.


Neo-Classical Repertoire

Le Palais de Cristal, The Four Temperaments, Apollo, The Prodigal Son, Allegro Brillante, Joyaux, Agon (Balanchine), The Ninth Symphony, The Firebird, Bolero, Serait-ce la Mort ?, Symphonie pour un homme seul (Béjart), Song of the Earth (MacMillan), Dark Elegies, Jardin aux Lilas  (Tudor), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Vaslaw, Magnificat, Malher's Third Symphony (Neumeier), Le Jeune homme et la Mort, Les Forains, Notre-Dame de Paris, l’Arlésienne, Carmen, Le Rendez-vous (Petit), In the Night, Glass Pieces, Dances at the Gathering, En Sol, A suite of Dances, The Four Seasons, Afternoon of a Faun, The Cage, Other Dances (Robbins), Ancient Airs and Dances (Tanner), Sinfonietta (Kylián ), etc.


Contemporary repertoire and creation

Wuthering Heights, Les Épousés  (Belarbi), O zlozony / O composite (Brown), In the middle somewhat Elevated, Rearray, Pas./Parts. (Forsythe), Giselle, Appartement, A sort of (Ek), Doux mensonges (Kylián ), Attentat Poétique (Larrieu), Ein Herz (Morrris), Amoveo (Millepied), Sylvia (Neumeier), l’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Orlin), Voilà c’est ça (Ullate), Camera Obscura, Le Guépard, Clavigo (Petit), Casanova, Siddharta (Preljocaj), Le Martyre de Saint- Sébastien (Wilson), 14th July (Belingard), Life (Le Riche), Arastre, Rouge Poisson, Le Carnaval des Animaux (Darde), As time goes by (Tharp), etc.


Choreographers who have created pieces for Nicolas Le Riche

Mats Ek, Jiri Kylián , William Forsythe, Daniel Larrieu, Robyn Orlin, Kader Belarbi, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Roland Petit, Angelin Preljocaj, Benjamin Millepied, Trisha Brown, John Neumeier, Rudolf Nureyev, Russel Maliphant, Jérémie Bélingard, Pierre Darde, Twyla Tharp, Victor Ullate, and others.



He has appeared in several films, including: Narta (advertising film, 1989), Nicolas Le Riche (by Jérôme Laperrousaz, 1998), Tout près des Étoiles (Nils Tavernier, 2000),  Aurore  (Nils Tavernier, 2006), Place Stanislas  (Jérôme Laperrousaz, 2000), Sur le Fil  (Françoise Ha Van Kern, 2009), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007), Un baiser papillon (Karine Silla-Perez, 2011).

Éric Genovese

Actor, member of the Comédie Française.

After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique, Eric Génovèse joined the Comédie Française in 1993, and was named its 499th member in 1998. He has three occupations: actor, narrator of musical works, and theatre and opera director.


As an actor, he was soon offered major roles in important productions. He played Pasolini and took on Corneille (Cléandre in La Place Royale and Ptolomée in La Mort de Pompée) directed by Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman and Stanislas Nordey.

In 1993, the year he joined the Comédie Française, he played Louis Laine in Claudel's L'Échange at the Comédie de Génève.  Since then, he has played the major roles in classical and contemporary repertoire, directed by Youssef Chahine, Jorge Lavelli, Georges Lavaudant, Roger Planchon, Daniel Mesguich, Anatoly Vassiliev, Lukas Hemleb, Joël Jouanneau, Jean-Luc Boutté, Denis Podalydès, Andrei Serban, Robert Wilson, Alain Françon, Eric Ruf and many others.    His repertoire includes authors as diverse as Shakespeare (Hamlet and The Tempest), obviously Molière (Cléante in L'Avare, Covielle in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, the lead role in Tartuffe, Philinte in Le MisanthropeAmphytrion, etc.), Les Tragiques, Racine (Hippolyte and Theramène in Phèdre, Oreste in Andromaque and Xipharès in Mithridate), Corneille again (Tite et BéréniceClitandre), but also in works by Feydeau, Rostand, Duras, Tony Kushner, Copi, Lars Noren, La Fontaine, Chekhov, Edward Bond and Victor Hugo. He has also appeared in cinema and television directed by James Ivory, Benoît Jacquot, Gérard Vergez and others.

He is currently playing in Les Damnés by Visconti at the Salle Richelieu, directed by Ivo van Hove and alternately in Le Misanthrope, directed by Clément Hervieu-Leger.   He will soon be appearing in Renoir's La Règle du Jeu, directed by Christiane Jattahy.

His musical endeavours, which stem from learning to play the piano as a child, have led him to take many narrator roles in concerts or staged performances of works including Lélio by Berlioz, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Debussy, Le Roi David by Honegger, The Solider's Tale by Stravinsky, Le Serment by Tansman (recorded for Harmonia Mundi), The Story of Babar by Poulenc, Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart (Bassa Sélim), Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass, The Young Person’s Guide to an Orchestra by Britten, and Peer Gynt by Grieg, with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Radio-France, Luxembourg and Lorraine, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and the Orchestre National de France, at the Rome Opera, Salle Gaveau, the Capitole in Toulouse and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, with the Saito Kinen Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Kurt Masur, John Nelson, Emmanuel Krivine, Alain Altinoglu, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Vladimir Cosma, Pascal Rophé, and Kazuki Yamada, and in chamber performances with the Trio Wanderer, Gordan Nikolitch, Claire Désert, Muza Rubackyté and with baritone Matthias Goerne. In the summer of 2012, he made his Japanese debut in Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher by Honegger (Frère Dominique), a production reprised in subsequent seasons at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, the Halle au Grains in Toulouse, the Philharmonie de Paris and New York's Lincoln Center, with direction by Alain Gilbert and alongside Marion Cotillard. 

As a high school teacher of dramatic arts at the Cours Florent, he presented his first work as a director, Les Juives by Robert Garnier, at the Théâtre du Marais in 2001.  With IRCAM he directed Le Privilège des Chemins by Fernando Pessoa at the Comédie Française in 2004, and directed J.-R Lemoine's play Erzulie Dahomey at the Comédie Française in 2012. The Bordeaux Opera commissioned his first musical production as a director, Rigoletto in 2007. At the start of the 2007-2008 season, he directed Così fan tutte at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, which was reprised in April 2012. He was invited back to the Opéra National de Bordeaux to direct L'Ecole des Femmes by Rolf Liebermann for the 2010-2011 season, and directed Donizetti's Anna Bolena at the Staatsoper in Vienna (Netrebko, Garanca, D’Archangelo, conducted by Pido).

Eric Génovèse is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Clairemarie Osta


First prize winner from the Nice regional Conservatory, and French tap-dancing champion, Clairemarie Osta was also awarded first prize by the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. 

She joined the Paris Opera dance school in 1987, then the corps de ballet in 1988. Appointed Prima Ballerina in 2002, she worked with Rudolph Nureyev, Carolyn Carlson, John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian and Jerome Robbins.

Many choreographers have created roles for her. Roland Petit cast her as Marie in Clavigo, Angelin Preljocaj in the role of Awakening in Siddhartha, Benjamin Millepied in Amoveo, Mats Ek inThe Apartment, and William Forsythe in Pas/Parts; JC Gallotta cast her as Nosferatu's bride and Nicolas Le Riche made her the Moon in Caligula

In 2008, she played Anaïs Nin in the short film Anaïs Rushes by Clara Ballatore. 

In 2012, a documentary entitled Les Adieux followed her final role on the stage at the Paris Opera in Manon, by Kenneth McMillan. 

In 2013, Clairemarie Osta was appointed director of choreography studies at the CNSMD in Paris.

In 2014, she danced M. & Mme Rêve by Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Julien Derouault and travelled all over France with the Itinérances production directed by Nicolas Le Riche. For her carte blanche, he created the solo Une Après-midi for her at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, with music by Debussy, and the Odysée duet with music by Arvö Part, which was the subject of a 2016 short film directed by Vincent Pérez. 

In 2015, she and Nicolas Le Riche founded LAAC – the Atelier d’Art Chorégraphique – at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. 

Clairemarie Osta has chaired the judging panel for the Nijinski Competition in Deauville for the last three years, and also takes part in the Lausanne competition, and Tanzolymp in Berlin. 

In 2016, along with Nicolas Le Riche she presented PARA-ll-ELLES, a poetic performance set to music by Matthieu Chedid at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées as part of TranscenDances, and also on tour. 

Clairemarie Osta is a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in the Order of Arts and Letters.

Jesse Lyon



Jesse Lyon began dancing at the age of 19 after training to be a gymnast and studying philosophy. He trained at ESDC Rosella Hightower under Paola Cantalupo and at the Washington School of Ballet with Kee-Juan Han. He went on to dance with the Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet and the CCN in Nantes Brumachon-Lamarche. He joined the LAAC, directed by Clairemarie Osta and Nicolas Le Riche at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 2015. 

Fleur Grüneissen


Fleur Grüneissen began studying the flute at a very young age with Chrystel Delaval at the CNR in Lille.

In 2002, she was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, where she succeeded brilliantly in her flute and piccolo studies in the class taught by Pierre Yves Artaud and Florence Souchard.  During her training, she enjoyed the benefit of advice from renowned musicians such as Vicens Prats, Pierre Dumail, Michel Moraguès, Jens MacManama and David Walter.

En 2004, elle obtient la bourse AIDA de l'Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, ce qui lui ouvre les portes des grands orchestres français et européens. Depuis elle a travaillé sous la direction de Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Marc Albrecht, John Axelrod, Tugan Sokhiev, Maurizio Benini, Pierre Boulez...

Parallèlement, elle mène une carrière de chambriste et collabore avec un large panel de musiciens : Marielle Nordmann, François Salque, Lise Berthaud, Romain In 2004, she was given the AIDA grant from the Capitole orchestra in Toulouse, which opened the doors to the major French and European orchestras. Since then she has worked under baton of Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Marc Albrecht, John Axelrod, Tugan Sokhiev, Maurizio Benini, and Pierre Boulez, among others.

She also pursues a chamber music career and has worked with a wide range of musicians, including Marielle Nordmann, François Salque, Lise Berthaud, Romain Descharmes, Pierre Fouchenneret, Eric Picard, Nicolas Bône, the Modigliani quartet, and Antoine Pierlot.

Shinichi Inoguchi


Shinichi Inoguchi was born in Tokyo in 1988. He began studying the piano at the age of 3. After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, he joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) in 2008, taught by Prof Georges Pludermacher.

Since 1998, he has won prizes in various competitions, including First, Second, Third and Special Prizes in the "Kanagawa", "Kitamoto-city", "Misato", and "Japan Junior Classic Music" competitions.

In 2008, he had the opportunity to perform a recital in Tomono Hall in Tokyo with Jean-Michel Kim (pianist).  Since 2009, he has given countless recitals and concerts in Paris, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and in Châteauroux, Chartres, Kanagawa, among other places. In 2010 he gave concerts at the Swiss embassy, the Espace Hattori in Paris and a recital at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.   He was invited to perform as a soloist for the bicentenary of F. Chopin's birth in Kyoto in 2010.

In 2011, he was awarded second prize at the Concours de Brest.

In 2012, invited alongside Masahiro Shinba (tenor) and Chinatsu Saito (soprano) to the Kyoto International Music Festival, he performed a series of concerts at the Kiyomizu Temple, a World Heritage Site.

He continues his career as a solo musician, as well as performing chamber music and accompaniment. His series of concerts with flute and cello was a real success.

He studied for a Masters at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) under Prof Frank Braley.

His first album, Impressions pour flûte et piano was released in November 2012.

The essential

Saturday 26 November 2016, Sunday 8 and Saturday 14 January 2017



26 November 2016, 3 p.m.

08 January 2017, 3 p.m.

14 January 2017, 3 p.m.


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