Raphaël Coumes-Marquet

Raphaël Coumes-Marquet is a freelance ballet master, teacher and choreographer. He is from Besançon (France) and trained at the École de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris. As a dancer he worked with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera and as a Principal with Het Nationale Ballet Amsterdam and the Semperoper Ballett. As a guest soloist he has danced in companies worldwide and appeared in several ballet film productions. His repertoire includes major roles in numerous classical and neo-classical ballet works and he has worked with choreographers such as David Dawson, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek and Hans Van Manen. At the Semperoper Ballett, he also served as ballet master and as project director and coordinator of "Semper Zwei" from 2015 to 2019. The collaboration with David Dawson began in 1999, first as a dancer and later as a choreographic assistant. Choreographies by Raphaël Coumes-Marquet were shown at the Semper Opera Ball Dresden, several ZDF New Year's Eve concerts, the Festspielhaus Hellerau Dresden, the Ballett im Revier as well as the Semperoper Ballett, including Death In Tutu (2017) and Alice (2019). He was awarded "Best Young Dancer" by Dance Magazine in 1995. In 2009 he received the "Best Partnership" award together with Esteban Berlanga as part of David Dawson's choreography Faun(e). In the 2021-22 season, Raphaël Coumes-Marquet is assisting choreographer David Dawson at the Bayerisches Staatsballett in preparing the world premiere of Affairs of the Heart as part of the three-part ballet evening Passages.(Information as of 2022)