French dancer and choreographer Karine Girard made her Royal Opera debut in the 2010/11 Season as Revival Choreographer for Cendrillon. She returns in the 2018/19 Season as Revival Choreographer for La Fille du régiment.
Girard studied dance at the Sorbonne. She works as Laura Scozzi’s artistic assistant for plays, films, special events and opera. Together they have worked on Laurent Pelly’s productions of La Périchole (Marseilles and tour), La Fille du régiment (Paris Opéra, Teatro Real, Madrid, Liceu, Barcelona, Seville and San Francisco) and Cendrillon (La Monnaie, Liceu, Barcelona, Opéra de Lille). Girard has also been assistant choreographer to Laura Scozzi for Jean-Louis Grinda’s production of Die Fledermaus (Toulouse and tour) and Emmanuelle Bastet’s production of L’Étoile (Opéra de Nancy). She has choreographed Christopher Gayral’s production of Idomeneo (Opéra national du Rhin), and also Guy Freixe’s Après la pluie, Laurence Sendrowicz’s Que d’Espoir! and Agathe Mélinand’s Erik Satie –?Memoires d’un amnésique. In 2016 she co-directed and co-choreopgrahed Storm for the students of ENACR (France’s National School of Circus Arts) with Sandra Savin.
As a dancer, Girard has performed in premieres for Compagnia Balafori and La-L5, and danced for Laura Scozzi’s company Opinioni in Movimento in F.E.I.R: désir et dégoût. Since 2009 she has danced for companies including C.O.D and collaborated with choreographer and director Olivier Dubois. In 2019 she danced in the premiere of choreographer Taoufiq Izeddiou’s Botero en Orient in Paris.