Position: Artistic Director Vienna State Opera Ballet
Affiliation with organization: 2010 – Present
Years active at YAGP: 2017 – 2018
Manuel Legris trained at the ballet school of the Paris Opéra. He joined the Paris Opéra Ballet and was appointed Danseur Étoile by then ballet director of the Paris Opéra, Rudolf Nureyev. In May 2009, he gave his farewell performance and has since returned as a guest performer to the Paris Opéra, also performing with companies and in galas in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Mr. Legris is a recipient of the Prix Nijinsky (1988), Prix Benois de la Danse (1998) Nijinski Award (“Best Dancer in the World, 2000”), Prix Positano (2001); Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (2006), Commandeur des Arts et Lettres (2009) and the People’s Choice Award at the XV. DANCE OPEN International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg (2016). In 2010 Mr. Legris became the Director of the Wiener Staatsballett and Artistic Director of the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera.