Olivier Wecxsteen has worked as Associate Artistic Director of European School of Ballet since 2017. He is in charge of the Trainee Program’s men class, teaches pas-de-deux to all levels and supervises the school’s artistic projects. An acknowledged dance photographer for many years, he is also responsible for ESB’s general marketing and social media. Wecxsteen is the official photographer of the international dance wear line based in Chicago, WearMoi.
Born in France, 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, he danced all the leading roles of the company’s repertoire, including classics such 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.
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. Between 2015 and 2017, he worked as Senior Teacher at the Dutch National Ballet Academy, mainly in charge of the Trainee Program.