Lise-Marie Jourdain

Lise-Marie Jourdain 2013-14 Photo Credits

Lise-Marie Jourdain, photo by Sian Richards.

Biography

Lise-Marie Jourdain was born in Schiltigheim, France and trained with the Paris Opéra Ballet School. She joined Paris Opéra Ballet in 1995 before joining The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2002.  

Ms. Jourdain’s repertoire includes the role of the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Baba in The Nutcracker, Gertrude in Hamlet, Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake and Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet. She has also danced in Cinderella, Onegin, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,An Italian Straw Hat, Le Spectre de La Rose, Carmen, The Four Temperaments, Jewels, Serenade,Theme and Variations, The Four Seasons, Emergence and the second detail. Recently, Ms. Jourdain danced in the Canadian premiere of Nijinsky by John Neumeier. 

Ms. Jourdain was awarded the David Tory Award in 2009 and won the William Marrié Award for Dramatic Achievement in 2007 for her role as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. She was a finalist at the Varna Ballet Competition in 2000 and won the Couple Prize at the Paris Dance Competition.  

Quotes

The Sleeping Beauty 
“Lise-Marie Jourdain, fleet of feet and warmed by a beatific smile, was a lissome Lilac Fairy.”  The Hamilton Spectator, 2012 

“The magical Lise-Marie Jourdain positively floated in the off-pointe role of the Lilac Fairy.” 
The Globe and Mail, 2006 

Carmen 
"Kudos also to Lise-Marie Jourdain, who in her brief solo as Carmen’s adversary put the bitch back in blond, proving that the fair-haired can fight with the best of them." 
Ballet Dance Magazine, 2009