Luciana Paris

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Luciana Paris is a Soloist Dancer with American Ballet Theater. She has been dancing with ABT since 2001, and has been performing as a guest artist throughout the world. Paris's most recent guest appearances include the Ballet Now Gala 2015 in Los Angeles, dancing The Talisman Pas de Deux with Kleber Rebello, the 5th Buenos Aires International Ballet Gala, dancing Nutcracker pas de deux and  Liam Scarlett's With a Chance of Rain, and the Fire Island Dance Festival 20th Anniversary dancing Romeo and Juliet, Balcony Scene Pas de Deux with Marcelo Gomes. She was guest artist, partnered by Herman Cornejo, at the Dance Open Ballet Festival 2013 (Saint Petersburg) in Alexei Ratmansky's "Seven Sonatas", the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveur 2013 (Montreal) performing The Black Swan Pas de Deux, and at the Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala at the New York City Center in September 2013 dancing Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite ". Paris portrayed the principal role of Nikiya in a full-length production of La Bayadère in Argentina in August 2013, with Herman Cornejo as Solor, and, partnered by Cory Stearns, she danced Romeo and Juliet, Balcony Scene Pas de Deux at the Brandon Ballet Gala in November 16, 2013.

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Luciana Paris performed as a soloist with the Colon Theater Ballet Company in 1996, in her hometown Buenos Aires. Soon after that, ballet star Julio Bocca asked her to become his dance partner. Luciana Paris is "one of Julio Bocca's beloved partners" wrote Bocca's official biographer Angeline Montoya. Paris formed a very successful dance parternship with Mr.Bocca, performing all over the world from 1997 to 2001, dancing the principal roles of an extensive repertoire of both classical works like Paquita, Le Corsaire, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Black Swam, among others, and modern ones, including Balanchine, Graham, Bigonzetti, and many others.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana Paris began her ballet training at the age of seven with Elena Perez. From 1991 to 1996 she studied at the Colon Theater Superior Art Institute with Katty Gallo and Raul Candal. Paris is a recipient of Colon Theater Foundation Scholarship, based on her outstanding qualifications at Colon Theater Superior Ballet Institute. She won a Gold Medal at the Latin American Dance Competition in 1995. 

In 1996 Paris was invited by Maximilano Guerra to join Ballet Camara and toured with the company in Argentina. She then joined the Teatro Colon Ballet as a soloist where she performed the role of Red Riding Hood in The Sleeping Beauty.

In December 1996 Paris joined Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentino as a principal dancer and became Bocca's dance partner. Ballet Argentino's Artistic Director was Lidia Segni, and Ballet Master Wilhelm Burman. From 1997 to 2001 Luciana Paris and Julio Bocca danced together a vast classical, neoclassical and modern repertoire including the Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux,  Coppelia Pas de Deux,  The Nutcracker Pas de deux,  Black Swan Pas de Deux,  Le Corsaire Pas de Deux,  Paquita, George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux  and  Donizeti Variations,  Mauro Bigonzetti's Interlaced Symphony,  Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels  -the white couple-  and  Acts of Lights  - Lament -  (both staged by Peggy Lyman);  Jean Pierre Aviotte's Birdy,  Mauricio Wainrot's  From far Away  and  Echoes, Oscar Araiz's  Tango,  Ana Maria Stekelman's  Zita,  Alberto Mendez'  Late at Nap  and  Suite Generis,  Ricky Pashkus'  Muchacha Ojos de Papel,  Kevin O'Day's Blood Grover, and many others. Paris repertoire with Ballet Argentiino company also included Myrta in Ballet Argentino's production of Giselle at the Luna Park Buenos Aires featuring Alessandra Ferri in the title role.

Paris went on many national tours in Argentina and international tours around the world with Julio Bocca and the Ballet Argentino, included Greece, Brazil, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, Germany, the United States, Israel, Thailand, France, Cuba, Panama, Singapore and Chile. 
Paris appeared at the 1997 Birmingham Ballet Gala in England dancing the Coppélia Pas de Deux with Julio Bocca.

Luciana Paris joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in October 2001. Her repertoire with the Company includes the principal role in Alexei Ratmasky's Symphony #9, a Flower Girl and the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote; the first Shade variation, the Small Pas d'Action, and the lead D'Jampe in Natalia Makarova's La Bayadère; an Odalisque, the Lead Pirate Woman, a Woman in Orange and Woman in Yellow,  in Le Corsaire; the Spanish Princess, the Spanish Dance, and a Cygnette in Swan Lake; a soloist role in George Balanchine's Symphony in C (first movement); Bathilde and one of the Giselle's friends in Giselle; Prudence in John Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias; Her Other Stepsister and Moss in James Kudelka's Cinderella; Mazurka Lady and Lead Mazurka and Czardas in Coppélia; Columbine, Spanish Dance and one of The Nutcracker's Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, a Carnival Dancer in Othello; the 3rd Duet in Antony Tudor's The Leaves are Fading, the Lead Polovtsian Girl in the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor; a Harlot and Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet; the Fairy of Joy in The Sleeping Beauty; Persephone in Sylvia; a Cowgirl in Agnes de Mille's Rodeo; a Can-Can Lady in The Merry Widow; the Lead Saracen Dancer in Raymonda; Zina's friend in Alexei Ratmansky's Bright Stream, and leading roles in Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite, In the Upper Room, Brief Fling, Brahms-Haydn Variations, Rabbit and Rogue, and Baker's Dozen; in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variation, Symphony Concertante, Symphony in C, Ballet Imperial, and Ballo della Regina; in Antony Tudor's Pilars of Fire, Jardin Aux Lilas, Dark Elegies; in Alexei Ratmansky's Dumbarton, Firebird, and The Bright Stream; in Jiri Kilyan's Petit Mort; in Paul Taylor's Company B, Airs, and Black Tuesday; in Merce Cunningham's Duets, in James Kudelka's Desir; in Harald Lander's Etudes; in Jorma Elo's Glow-Stop; in Mark Morris' Gong;  and in Azzure Barton's One of Three.

Luciana Paris created a leading role in Robert Hill's Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra (world premiere at  New York City Center in  2002, featuring Juie Kent, Angel Corella, Marcelo Gomes, Herman Cornejo, Michelle Wieles, Luciana Paris, Marian Buttler), and appeared with Project Ballet Theater, Artistic Director Robert Hill, Artistic Associate Georgina Parkinson, at the Ballet Hawaii Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall (Honolulu) and at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui)  - Hawaii, 2002 -

Paris danced Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite with Marcelo Gomes at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Gala Opening in Las Vegas, March 10, 2012, broadcast and set to air on PBS on September 21st, 2012, and at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors -when choreographer Twyla Tharp was one of the six Honorees-, broadcast on CBS December 30, 2008. Paris also danced Sinatra Suite at the New York City Center with José Carreño in 2006  -Carreño's debut in Sinatra Suite-;  at the 2011 ABT Fall Season Opening Night Gala with Herman Cornejo,  and at the 2012 Fall for Dance Festival at the New York City Center, also with Herman Cornejo.

In August 2012 American Ballet Theater designated Luciana Paris as American Ballet Theater Certified Teacher.

Luciana Paris is the recipient of the 2013 Jennifer Alexander Dancer Award.

During the 2012-2013 season Luciana Paris has been rehearsed and coached by Kevin McKenzie, Natalia Makarova, Irina Kolpakova, Willy Burmann, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Irina Dvorovenko, July Kent, and Craig Salstein, among others. 

In April 21st, 2013, Luciana Paris appeared at the Gala within the 21st International Ballet Festival in Saint Petersburg dancing Alexei Ratmansky's Sevent Sonatas with Herman Cornejo.

In July 27th and 28th, 2013 Paris appeared at the International Gala within the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, Montreal, Canada, dancing with Herman Cornejo The Black Swan Pas de Deux, and Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite.

In August 2013 Paris danced the principal role of NIkiya in a full-length production of La Bayadère in Argentina, and in September 17th she danced at the Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala at the New York City Center in September 2013,  partnering Herman Cornejo. 

Luciana Paris guest appearances also include Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux at Teatro Ciudad de las Artes (Argentina) with Colon Theater principal Federico Fernandez (2012); Giselle in Giselle, with ABT's Roddy Doble as Albrecht, with the Southhold Dance Theater (2012); Known by Heart pas de deux, choreography by  Twyla Tharp, with Sean Stewart as her partner, and Gemma Bond's Manner, with the Ballet Manchester at the Southern Vermont Arts Center; the premiere of David Fernandez's Libertango, with New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia as her partner, at the El Museo del Barrio Theater  (New York, 2012); the Sugar Plum in the Southhold Dance Theater's production of The Nutcracker in 2010, with ABT's Sean Stewart as the Cavalier; in the Houston Repertoire Ballet's production of the same title in 2009, with ABT soloist Jared Matthews as her partner; and also in 2003 with Collin County Ballet's production, dancing the Grand Pas de Deux with ABT principal Jesus Pastor. Paris also toured Spain as a guest dancer with Angel Corella's Company several times, dancing George Balanchine's Who Cares? duet with Herman Cornejo, among other roles. 


© Luciana Paris 2011