At 42, she was due to retire, after dancing for the first time Giselle. But she couldn’t finish the performance on Wednesday night.
The star dancer Alice Renavand, who was to say goodbye to the Paris Opera on Wednesday evening by dancing the ballet Giselle for the first time, injured herself on stage and could not finish the performance, the institution tweeted. At 42, she had to hang up her pointe shoes as tradition requires for dancers reaching this age, but she will finally perform one last time at the Palais Garnier during the next season.
“Due to Alice Renavand’s injury during the second act of the performance of Giselle this July 13, the Paris Opera invited the star dancer to return to say goodbye during the 2022-2023 season“, announced the institution on Twitter.
“Giselle, it was a dream, a fantasy, and at the same time you had to live up to it“, said the dancer in an interview with AFP, a few days after taking up the role on June 28. Daughter of a Franco-Vietnamese couple, Alice Renavand was a little rat at the Opera from the age of eight. She was named a star “lately”, at the age of 33 in 2013, after a more contemporary than classical career with the Opera Ballet. For the past four years, she has danced little due to pregnancy, injury, strikes and the Covid-19 epidemic.