French choreographer Mathieu Guilhaumon made his Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season on L’Étoile, directed by Mariame Clément. He is Artistic Director of Ballet Nacional Chileno.
Guilhaumon began his training at Martine Limeul and Matt Mattox’s dance school, where he studied classical ballet, jazz and tap dancing. In 1997 he won first prize at the France-Marseille International Dance Competition, and received a scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York. In 1998 he joined the Béjart Ballet School, Lausanne, and danced Che, Quijote y Bandoneón as a member of Groupe 13, founded by Maurice Béjart. In 2001 he joined Bern Ballet, where he danced in works by such choreographers as Stijn Celis, Jiři Kylián and Jo Strømgren, and choreographed works including Entertaining Angels and Le humane passioni. In September 2006 he joined the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin as a dancer, where he performed in works by Lucinda Childs, William Forsythe, Emanuel Gat and Jacopo Godani, among others. His choreography for the company includes ‘Rêves’ (a series of shows for younger audiences), Tea for Six (or Ten) and Peer Gynt. He was appointed to his position with Ballet Nacional Chileno in 2013 and has choreographed Añañucas, L’Heure bleue, Alicia and Tengo más de mil años de recuerdos for the company.
Guilhaumon’s opera choreography includes Der Rosenkavalier and Das Liebesverbot for Opéra national du Rhin and Hänsel und Gretel for Paris Opéra, both directed by Clément.