Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, expresses her deep emotion after the death of Patrick Dupond, a star dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet, who devoted his entire life to the development and dissemination of his art.

Born in 1959 in Paris, Patrick Dupond entered the dance school of the Opéra national de Paris at the age of 10, during a preparatory training course. His brilliant talent and work were crowned when he was named a 21-year-old star. In 1990, after two years at the head of the Ballet français de Nancy, he succeeded Rudolf Nureyev as dance director of the Paris Opera. From 1990 to 1995, he combined this function with a career as a dancer, before becoming a star for two more years.

Within the Paris Opera Ballet, his interpretations of works by major choreographers such as Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Michael Clark, John Cranko, Odile Duboc, John Neumeier, Kenneth Mac Millan, Rudolf Nureyev, Alwin Nikolais, Mats Ek and Jerome Robbins have left their mark on generations of spectators and dancers.

His determination to resume his career after a very heavy accident in 2000 remains a model of courage to which the public has been particularly sensitive.

His undiminished passion for dance and the arts has led him to participate in television programs celebrating artistic talents but also to accompany for fifteen years, with Leïla Da Rocha, the development of a school in Bordeaux that offers shows of classical and oriental inspiration.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin would like to salute the immense career of this virtuoso and generous artist, a major figure in the world of dance, and a solar personality who helped popularize dance, beyond the amateur circle, in France and around the world.