Pierre Lacotte


Pierre Lacotte was an influential choreographer and ballet director. In 1972, he brought LaSylphide to the stage of the Paris Opera in a choreography modelled on the original version by Filippo Taglioni, as the step material from the 1832 premiere had not survived. Over the course of his career, he rehearsed the production at many theatres around the world and reconstructed a whole series of 19th century ballets. He completed his training at the ballet school of the Paris Opera and rose to the rank of Étoile. He then dedicated himself to his career as a choreographer and ballet director. The 89-year-old presented his last work in 2021 with Le Rouge et le Noir, based on the novel by Stendhal, at the Palais Garnier. Pierre Lacotte died on 10 April 2023.