Training for Dancers
Laurent Guilbaud was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He received his first ballet training at the private School of Rodez, continued his education at the school of the Paris Opéra (1990-1992) and graduated from the National Conservatory of Avignon in 1997. He then had his first engagement at the Ballet National de Nancy, where he has danced Ballets from Pierre Lacotte, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Léo Staats, Michel Fokine and Auguste Bournonville. In the next year, he became a member of the Ballet National de Marseille under the direction Marie-Claude Pietragalla, and danced in the repertoire of George Balanchine, Richard Wherlock, Eric Quillere, Rudi Van Dantzig, Paul Taylor and Marie-Claude Pietragalla. From 2000 to 2003, Laurent danced with the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin as a Demi soloist. Here he added to his repertoire works from Patrice Bart, Rudolf Nurejw, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, Uwe Scholz, Angelin Prejlocaj, and Vladimir Malakhov. In April 2004, Laurent Guilbaud joined the Stuttgart Ballet. At the beginning of the 2009/2010 season he was promoted to second soloist. His repertoire included ballets from John Cranko, Marcia Haydée, Maurice Béjard, Sir frederick Ashton, Jerome Robins, Marco Goecke, Christian Spuck, John Neumeier, Peter Shaufuss, Jiri kylian, Kenneth MacMillan, Marc Spradling, Douglas Lee, Glen Tetley, Han van Manen and Mauro Bigonzetti. In 2010/2011 to July 2016, Laurent Guilbaud joined the Dresden Semperoper Ballet as a soloist. His repertoire there included ballets from David Dawson, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin and Alexander Ekman. During his carrer, Laurent Guilbaud has had roles created for him by Douglas Lee, Matjash Mrozewski, Bridget Breiner, Marco Goecke, Kevin O ́day, David Dawson, Stijn Celis and Alexei Ratmansky. In August 2016, Laurent Guilbaud recieved his French Pedagogue Ballet Certificate in Paris, and started to teach as a guest teacher in professional compagnies such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Dance on Company, Frankfurt Dance Company, Maraemo Berlin, Hnk Split (Croatian National Ballet), Studio Harmonic in Paris, while still working as a soloist guest dancer.
Laurent’s class is very demanding. He challenges the dancers to use their facilities at their ultimate capacity, while trying to remember the steps as fast as possible. Laurent strives to keep his classical training as pure as possible. Every ballet position should be executed in a clear way, as if read from a book. But the steps themselves needn’t be stiff in classical ballet, and for this reason Laurent uses a lot of épaulements to challenge the coordination of the dancers.