Gaelle Communal photo Mike van Sleen
GaŽlle Communal

Gaëlle entered into the Paris Opera School of Ballet at the age of 10 under the direction of Rudolph Nureyev. Accepted into the corps de ballet at the age of 16, she continued dancing with the company until the age of 25, performing soloist roles for Pina Bausch, Jerome Robbins, Mats Ek, and Nureyev among others. She went on to dance for two years at the National Ballet of Marseille, and then joined the Lyon Opera Ballet, whom she was touring with during one of the company's visits to the festival in 2002. Gaëlle is now the Ballet Master at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse in Lyon. Here she is photographed in Ted Shawn's original 1964 Ford. This is a special picture for me, as this photo session was one of the many steps in our personal relationship, which happily led to our marriage in Lyon in September 2005.