Cupcakes & Conversation with Isabelle Ciaravola, Étoile, Opéra National de Paris

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Isabelle Ciaravola, Étoile, Opéra National de Paris  

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What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ? 

A good coffee as every day hahhahahahaa !!! First, I have to wake up slowl, listen to some nice music, drink an espresso and a fresh red orange juice… a hot bath … and then, I can start the week ! 🙂 Don’t be rude with your body, and you will be able to dance all day!! 

What are you looking forward to dancing in the new season ? 

So, I am  rehearsing  L’arlesienne by Roland Petit, Suite en blanc (adage and la fulte) by Serge Lifar and Le Parc from Preljocaj for the tour in Moscow (Bolshoi theatre) we have to do in February. I have just come back from Prague where I danced in a gala. I will dance in Riga at the end of February, and in St. Petersburg in the Makarova gala and the dance open gala in April. Then, I will dance for the first time Juliette in Romeo et Juliette by Nureyev at the Paris Opera Bastille. In May, I will dance on my island, in Corsica 🙂 In June/July, I will again dance Garance in Les enfants du Paradis by Jose Martinez at the Paris Opera Garnier. Then some galas in Japan; I will give some repertory classes in Prague in August and perhaps after…. some holidays ! 🙂 🙂 

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Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ? 

One of my favourite partners is Herve Moreau. I had the chance last year to dance a lot with him, in oneguine for example, which is the ballet where I was promoted 🙂 but unfortunately, he is injured this year and he will not be able to dance Romeo with me… so bad!!! 

My dream is to dance Manon from MacMillan with him. I hope my dream will become true one day, and my real dream was to dance with my favourite dancer, MR BARISHNIKOV, but unfortunately, this dream cannot be realised, sniff!!!! 

If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance ? 

On the ocean!!!!!! Do you think it’s possible?? 

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Isabelle in Giselle

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ? 

I love dancing with very old pointe shoes – very soft; not hard. So, it can take time to make them as I want…. :(( My more precious instruments to make them older are my hands and my feet . 

What is your daily routine at the moment ? 

I have just come back from few days off so now I go back to a routine even I prefer not to mention it as a routine, because it’s never a routine; every day is different even if the rehearsals are the same… So, class in the morning, rehearsals from 12 to 7pm some days… then, home 🙂 

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ? 

6???? why??? It’s too much!!!  I already have dinner with Sylvie Guillem :), so for me, the most famous male is Baryshnikov as I told you before 🙂 I know him but never had dinner with him 🙂 ok ok!!! To be honest, why not George Clooney ?? 🙂 

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Isabelle in La Bayadere

What would surprise people about you ? 

If I was pregnant !! 

Who inspired you to dance ? 


What is your best piece of advice ? 

Treat your body and your mind well. Keep your dream in your mind, and dance with passion. 

How do you prepare in the hours before a show ? 

I need to have a nap 🙂 

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Which role has tested you the most & how ? 

My best roles are Garance in Les enfants du paradis, because it was made for me and I love the character… you know, it’s from a French movie La dame aux Camellias , La Bayadere and Onéguine… why? Because I love the stories, they make me cry. I am waiting to do Romeo and Juliette and Manon… then  I can die:) 

If you were asked to design your own ballet costume, what would you create ? 

I am not sure I’d be good at that, but nothing too heavy and a dress that makes a woman look very, very womanly 🙂 

What do you look for in a dance partner ? 

His partnering!! He has to be a good partner and a great interpreter! And nice, by the way 🙂 

Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally you ? 

I don’t know… I think my feet are my signature; they are flexible. 

What’s been your best on-stage moment so far ? 

Onéguine when I was promoted Étoile at the end. 

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Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ? 

I don’t think so. 

In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be in a year from now ? 

Dancing Manon on stage.

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6 Responses to Cupcakes & Conversation with Isabelle Ciaravola, Étoile, Opéra National de Paris

  1. Couture Carrie January 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    She is gorgeous, as is this post!


  2. Juliana Reis January 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Wow ! i really loved it , my teacher Mr.Yellê Bittencourt always speaks about her , about when she came to Brazil with his son as guests to dance in a final year showcase of a school .

  3. Audrey Allure January 17, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    Such stunning images!

  4. Val January 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Isabelle looks amazing in these photos!

  5. sophia January 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    OMG she doesn’t wears ribbons in her pointe shoes only elastic 😀