Chauviré, Yvette

BORN 22 Apr 1917, Paris - DIED 19 Oct 2016, Paris
BIRTH NAME Chauviré, Yvette Adrienne
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 44)

Yvette Chauviré entered the ballet school of the Paris Opera in 1927. She was soon noticed in the children's ballet L'Eventail de Jeanne" and when she was thirteen years old she joined the ballet company of the opera. Although Carlotta Zambelli wasn't a teacher she learned a lot from her by watching her. She appeared in experimental works by Serge Lifar. In 1937 she was promoted to principal dancer and in 1941 to étoile.

In 1945 Lifar was forced to leave the ballet company after accusations that he had supported Germany during the war. She followed him to his newly formed Nouveau Ballet de Monte-Carlo. In 1947 they both returned to the Paris Opera, but in 1949 she left it again after problems with her contract. She appeared in Berlin where she collaborated with Tatjana Gsovsky. In 1953 she signed a new contract in Paris that allowed her to appear in other places as well. In Paris Rudolf Nureyev was often her dancing partner. She retired from the Paris Opera Ballet in 1956 but continued to make appearances for the opera company.

She was co-director of the Opera Ballet School from 1963 to 1968 and in 1970 she became the director of the Director of the International Academy of Dance in Paris. In 1964 she received the Légion d'honneur. In 1976 her husband, the Russian artist Constantin Nepo, died. Chauviré lived in Paris until her death in 2016.

Related persons
• was pupil of Gsovsky, Tatjana
• cooperated with Lifar, Serge
• cooperated with Nureyev, Rudolf


The grave of Yvette Chauviré at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2019)


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Published: 08 Aug 2021
Last update: 08 Aug 2021