- Bordeaux, France
- Marseille National School of Ballet
Paris Opera Ballet School
- Company Membership
Joined as principal dancer in 2013
Mathilde Froustey has danced principal roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Giselle), Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina and Sugar Plum Fairy), Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), 7 for Eight, Caprice, The Fifth Season, Prism, and Trio; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Kitri); Cranko’s Onegin (Tatiana); Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Rubies, Serenade, and Theme and Variations; Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (1st Solo Shade); Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Seven Sonatas, Shostakovich Trilogy, and Souvenir d’un lieu cher; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Yellow and Purple) and In the Night; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour.
Before joining the Company, Mathilde danced lead roles in Cranko’s Onegin, Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias, Nureyev’s La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Raymonda, and Swan Lake; Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, Balanchine’s Serenade, Lacotte’s Paquita and La Sylphide; and McGregor’s L’Anatomie de la Sensation and Genus, among other works. As a guest artist she performed at Paris Ballet in Hanoi, Vietnam; with Compañía Nacional de Danz in Madrid; at the International Ballet Gala XX in Dortmund, Germany; and in Paris Opera Ballet’s Don Quixote in Tokyo.
Mathilde received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her performances of Giselle with Tiit Helimets during the 2015 Repertory Season. Her honors include Danza & Danza’s best foreign dancer award in 2013, the Ballet2000 dance prize in 2007, and in 2004, a gold medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition.
What's your biggest challenge as a dancer? Why?
As a dancer you have to play two roles, athlete and artist. They don't always work well together. The athlete must stay healthy, be rigorous, and stay focused. The artist wants to meet people, go out, and live life. You need both.
What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?
I organized a ballet performance in the small town in France where my father is the mayor. The whole town came! But, more importantly, I got to work with my father to put it on.
What can always make you laugh?
Clichés about the French.