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Kader Belarbi appointed director in Toulouse

Posted on January 24, 2011

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belarbi - william beaucardet1Kader Belarbi, an étoile of the Paris Opéra Ballet, has been appointed director of dance at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. He will take up his post on February 1, 2011.

Born in 1962, Belarbi trained at the Paris Opéra school before joining the company, where his repertory included the 19th-century classics and work with international choreographers. He was named étoile, the highest rank at the Paris Opéra, in 1989. He recently danced José Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane at the Ballet du Capitole. He is also a choreographer.

As director, he will prepare the programme for the 2012–13 season, in collaboration with the theatre’s artistic director, Frédéric Chambert. He succeeds Nanette Glushak as director of dance.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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