Christine Camillo


Born in Toulouse, Christine Camillo studied at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and won the Prix de Lausanne in 1981 at the age of just 15. She completed her training at the Ballet School of the Paris Opera and joined the Scottish Ballet under Peter Darrell in 1982, where she was appointed a soloist at the age of 19. From 1986 to 1990, she was a member of the English National Ballet, and in 1990, she was engaged as a principal dancer at the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In Berlin, her repertoire included leading roles in classical and neoclassical ballets, such as Giselle (title role and Myrtha), La Sylphide (title role), Paquita (Grand Pas), Peter Schaufuss'/Bournonville's A Folk Tale (Hilda, Pas de sept), Lilac Fairy in Schaufuss' Sleeping Beauty, Odette in Schaufuss' Swan Lake, Sugar Plum Fairy in Schaufuss' Nutcracker, Valery Panov's Cinderella (title role), John Cranko's Onegin (Tatjana), John Neumeier's Undine (Beatrice) and Tristan, Maurice Béjart's The Rite of Spring, Firebird, and Ring Around the Ring, Heinz Spoerli's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), Spoerli's Goldberg Variations, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia (Swanilda), and Rosalinde, Youri Vamos' Romeo and Juliet (Julia) and The Sleeping Beauty - the Last Tsar's Daughter (Aurora/Anastasia). Ray Barra choreographed the title role in his ballet The Snow Queen specifically for her.

She also danced George Balanchine's Agon, Apollo, Symphony in C, Who Cares?, Theme and Variations, Victor Gsovsky's Grand Pas Classique, Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto and Song of the Earth, Glen Tetley's Voluntaries, Hans van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier and Twilight, as well as Jirí Kylián's Return to a Strange Land.

Among the contemporary choreographies she performed were works by Uwe Scholz, Christopher Bruce, Karole Armitage, Molissa Fenley, and William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.

In 1996, Christine Camillo was appointed to the jury of the Prix de Lausanne by the examination commission. In 1997, she was nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse dance prize. In 2004, she retired from the stage and has since been a training and ballet mistress at the Staatsballett Berlin.