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Jacques Dupont

Jacques Dupont was born in Chatou in Paris in 1909. An early interest in art led him to teach himself to paint. He later studied with several teachers, before joining Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924. Here, under the influence of the leading contemporary artists, musicians, choreographers and dancers of the time, he took up theatre design. His first work was Stridberg's La Sonate des spectres, closely followed by a production of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat.

In 1937, he won the Grand Prix du Spectacle for his designs for André de Richard's and Darius Milhaud's Hécube. Two years later, he made his opera debut with Henri Sauget's La Chartreuse de Parme. He went on to design for many of the major opera and ballet companies in France, and several abroad, including Paris Opéra, L'Opéra Comique de Paris, Opéra de Marseille, the Metropolitan Opera, New York and The Royal Ballet, where he designed Ashton's The Two Pigeons (1961) and Petit's Pélleas et Mélisande (1969).

Amongst his other designs for ballet are Skibine's Romeo and Juliet (1970), High Tower's The Sleeping Beauty (1970), Cranko's Carmen (1971) and Labis' Coppélia (1975). He died in Paris in 1978.

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