Éric Vu-An, born in Paris on January 3, 1964, is a French dancer, choreographer and ballet master. Éric Binh Vu-An is of Vietnamese origin by his father. He entered the dance school of the Paris Opera in 1974 after being spotted by Claude Bessy, he became a professional dancer at fifteen years after obtaining an age exemption from the Ministry of Labour.[ref. necessary] He became "subject" in 1982 and danced solo roles with all the dancers of the Paris Opera's ballet stars.Carolyn Carlson, Alvin Ailey or William Forsythe noticed and created for him Rudolf Noureev gave him the role of Basilio in Don Quichotte (1983), then Maurice Béjart gave him the main role in Kabuki (1986) and other ballets such as Boléro. Despite this, he found himself in March 1986, with Manuel Legris, at the centre of an open conflict between Rudolf Noureev and Maurice Béjart, who, after entrusting him with the role of Méphisto in Arépo, had announced their appointment as a star dancer, without having the right to do so. Rudolf Noureev forced Maurice Béjart to step back.Eric Vu-An then became an independent artist and was invited to dance for several international companies. He would return in 1987 to Paris, not as a "subject", his reputation as a "star dancer" having since been acquired abroad, but as a guest soloist.Eric Vu-An opened himself to other disciplines. He was a comedian, alongside Didier Sandre in Letyre de Saint Sébastien de Béjart. He sings in duo with Zizi Jeanmaire in Valentine's Day Love Songs by Roland Petit. He hosts many shows, series and documentaries dedicated to dance. In 1992, he participates in the evening of the "Fucks" at the Opera Garnier, with the presence of ten other artists. He shoots with Bernardo Bertolucci in A tea in the Sahara in 1990, then in Katia and Volodia by Dominique Delouche or in Nijnski, the puppet of God by Philippe Vallois.Eric Vu-An has created several choreographies since 1989. His first work is the solo by Antinous, which he dances in the ballet Les Mémoires d'Maurizio Scaparro In 1995, Éric Vu-An was named head of the ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux and in 1997 head of the Opera Théâtre d'Avignon. In 1998, Éric Vu-An performed the role of the knight of Saint-George in Sucre Amer, a historical feature film by the Guadeloupean director, Christian Lara. On January 1, 2005, he was appointed ballet master associated with the director of the Ballet national de Marseille, Frédéric Flamand. He became artistic director of the Ballet Nice Méditerranée in 2009. Éric Vu-An continued to teach, notably at the Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris, and to be an artist invited to many international companies.
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Birthday1964-01-03 (58 years old)
Place of birthParis, France
AwardsCommandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Officer of the National Order of Merit, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Officer of the Legion of Honour
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