Eléonore Guérineau joins Ballet Zurich

Eléonore Guérineau joins Ballet Zurich

Ballet Zurich, the largest professional ballet company in the country has offered a position to Eléonore Guérineau / Photo by Pixabay


The Paris Opera Ballet will always be home to the talented Eléonore Guérineau but it’s time for her to move on. As she approaches her thirties, she seeks other creative opportunities. While at the POB, the soloist has proven to have a thorough technique and impeccable footwork. Her flair in the ballet world was further recognized in Benjamin Millepied's Reset, a documentary that sheds light on a modern ballet.

According to Bachtrack, the 29-year-old 'sujet' has been offered a position at Ballet Zurich and was invited by Ballet Director, Christian Spuck, to join the troupe. Ballet Zurich is the largest professional ballet company in the country, comprised of 36 ensembles. Before accepting the offer, Guérineau had already taken a class there and found the atmosphere inviting. She shares her enthusiasm about accepting new roles and growing as a soloist in the company.

To prepare for the move, Guérineau will be taking a year off. From her quaint home in Paris, the budding ballerina will relocate to Zurich to chase her dreams. She’ll be leaving her four-year-old daughter for the meantime, who will be staying with her ever-supportive husband. She won’t be friendless, however, as she gleefully adds that her dog will be coming along with her. Although it was not a straightforward decision to part with her child, Guérineau says she pushed through because she wanted to impart in her daughter the importance of following her dream

Getting to where she is now was not an easy journey. Like everyone else, Guérineau had to exert effort to achieve her rank. She started ballet at three years old, and eventually became serious about the craft. The young dancer won competitions and attended the Ecole de danse de l’Opéra de Paris where she honed her techniques when she was 11, and finally got into POB at 16. It took 8 years of being an understudy at before she was promoted to sujet in 2013.

Through fundraisings, financing her departure was permissible. Admittedly, the Zurich experience would be a challenge for herself but this will help her grow as an artist. While there, she also aspires to advance her classical career by exploring as many styles as possible and hopefully get to teach, too. Guérineau intends on living her life to the fullest, and on late August, rehearsals for Spuck’s newest production will begin.