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Artistic Director EBB

International Choreographer



Jean-Philippe Dury

Jean Philippe Dury was born in Paris in 1978, where he began his dance studies at the age of six. At eleven, he joined the Ecole de Danse de l'Opéra de Paris, becoming a full member of the ballet 7 years later. He performs in a large number of repertory productions such as Swan Lake, Raymonda, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty... Jean-Philippe also took advantage of this period to work with renowned contemporary choreographers: Lionel Hoche, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Laura Scozzi , Maurice Béjart, Pina Bausch, Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jirí Kylián. In 1998, Jean Philippe won the first St Petersburg Art and Contemporary Prize. In 2001, he won first prize at the Florence International Dance Competition, and a year later was awarded the Grand Prix of the Republic of Italy. During the 2003-04 season, the Paris Opera granted him a sabbatical, during which he joined Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo before returning to Paris to join the Opera as a Coryphée. During these years, Jean Philippe never stopped creating: Fado (1999), Vidalita (2001), Háblame (2003) and Les Jardins du Silence (2006)", choreographies which have all been performed at the Opéra Bastille and the Amphithéâtre de l' Paris Opera during the Danseurs Chorégraphes evenings.

The Paris Opera awarded her the AROP Prize in 2006.

In September 2007, Jean-Philippe left the Paris Opera to accept Nacho Duato's invitation. He then joined the "Compañia Nacional de Danza" in Madrid, as Principal Dancer. In 2009, he joined Les Grands Ballets de Montréal for a season, at the invitation of Gradimir Pankov.


Back in Spain in 2010, he decided to join Compañia Nacional de Danza for the last season of its artistic director Nacho Duato. In 2013, Jean Philippe decided to open the doors of his own company: ELEPHANT IN THE BLACK BOX COMPANY as director and choreographer, and on March 2, 2013, won first prize at the Talent Madrid festival with his latest creation CEL BLACK DAYS.


Jean Philippe Dury is an international choreographer, working for the Leipzig Ballet in Germany, with 2 pieces in the company's repertoire, in Basel, Switzerland, under the direction of Richard Wherlock, and at the Rome Opera.

He was awarded the Unesco Simon Bolivar Prize in 2019 for the best ascending artistic career and was nominated for the Taglioni Dance Awards (Malakhov Prize) for choreographic revelation.


The EBB company performs all over the world, including the United States, South Korea and Europe, and has built up an international reputation in the world of dance.

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