Olivier Wecxsteen


Olivier Wecxsteen

Born in France, Olivier Wecxsteen trained at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo with Marika Besobrasova. Paris Opera’s renowned choreographer, Pierre Lacotte offered Wecxsteen his first professional contract with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Early on, he was featured as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Joseph Russilio’s La Dame aux Camelias. Promoted soloist by Artistic Director Jean-Yves Esquerre, he continued to dance leading roles of ballets from George Balanchine, Leonide Massine, Anthony Tudor, John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Roland Petit. During five years, he toured the world in the most prestigious venues.

In 1993, Wecxsteen joined the Boston Ballet as Principal Dancer and danced all the leading roles of the company’s repertoire, including such classics as Giselle, Coppelia, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Petipa’s Raymonda, Paquita and Sleeping Beauty, Cranko’s Eugene Onegin and Taming of the Shrew, Balanchine’s Bugaku, Who Cares? and Serenade. He also worked with Kirov’s ballet masters Natalia Dudinskaya, Sergei Berejnoi and Tatiana Terekhova.

In 1998, Artistic Director Lawrence Rhodes offered Wecxsteen to join Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. He extended his repertoire with Apollo, Theme & Variations from George Balanchine, Kylian’s Stepping Stones and Symphony of Psalms, Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata and other creations. While in Canada, he also collaborated with LaLaLa Human Steps’ choreographer Edouard Lock and performed several pieces from Canadian choreographers Dominique Dumais and Edgar Zendejas.

Throughout the years, Wecxsteen has participated in many international galas such as An Evening with Ballets Stars or Diamonds of World Ballet in Moscow. He has partnered many ballerinas including Maria Calegari (New York City Ballet), Muriel Maffre (San Francisco Ballet), Valerie Madonia (Joffrey Ballet), Marie-Christine Mouis (Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet) and Evelyn Hart (Royal Winnipeg Ballet). In 2003, he also appeared as Principal Guest Artist with the San Francisco Ballet. He has been featured in several books such as Alberto Moretti’s L’Architettura de la Danza and eminent photographer Helmut Newton’s various publications. While in Canada, he took part in a documentary Danser à tout prix and was featured in Canadian’s reality show, Ils Dansent.

In 2009, Wecxsteen joined the faculty of the San Francisco Ballet School . In 2013, he moved back to Europe to teach at the English National Ballet School for two seasons. In June 2015, he integrated the Dutch National Ballet Academy and in 2017 was appointed co-Artistic Coordinator of the European School of Ballet.