Laura Joffre

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Laura was born in 1986 in Perpinan in the south of France. She trained at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Danse in Marseilles (director Marie Claude Pietragalla), then in ParisOperaBalletSchool (director Claude Bessy). During this time, she danced in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments with the Ballet National de Marseille.

She went on to join Paris Opera Ballet, where she danced many roles including Grigorovitch’s Ivan le Terrible, Carlson’s Signes, Bombana’s La Septième Lune, Nureyev’s Le Lac des Cygnes and Lacotte’s La Sylphide.

She has also peformed with Ballet de l’Opéra de Bordeaux in SwanLake, Nutcracker and Don Quichotte (all by C. Jude after Petipa), and in 2005-2006 she joined Zurich Ballet.

She joined Leipzig Ballet in September 2006, and was promoted to Soloist in 2009. Here, she danced roles including Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in TheNutcracker (Petipa/Ivanov), Grand pas Classique (Gsovsky), Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements and Concerto Barocco, and Grosse Messe, The Creation, Beethoven 7th Symphony, Rachmaninov Klavierkonzert, Air, Sonata Pas de Deux (Uwe Scholz). Further roles include Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, Tetley’s Le Sacre du printemps, Balanchine’s Agon, and Swan Lake – Pas de Trois, Little Swans, Russian Princess (Petipa/Ivanov).

She has also worked with choreographer Marco Goecke who created solos for her in Sonett (2007) and Le Chant du Rossignol (2009) as well as with James Bailey for his piece The Tempest, and was invited to dance Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker with  Rome Opera in December 2008.

She joined Scottish Ballet in July 2010 and has danced in Frederick Ashton's Scènes de Ballet, Ashley Page's Fearful Symmetries, The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Grace, Snow White), Cinderella (Autumn), Pennies from Heaven and Alice (White Rabbit, Bread and Butterfly), Jorma Elo's Kings 2 Ends, Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire, Martin Lawrance's Run For It, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, Kristen McNally’s Foibles, Peter Darrell’s Cheri, Christopher Hampson’s Silhouette, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel.



Laura Joffre




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