At 42, she had to hang up her pointe shoes as tradition requires for dancers reaching this age, but she will finally perform one last time at the Palais Garnier during the next season.

“Due to Alice Renavand’s injury during the 2nd act of the performance of Giselle on July 13, the Paris Opera has invited the prima ballerina to return to say her farewells during the 22/23 season”, announced the institution on Twitter.

“Giselle was a dream, a fantasy, and at the same time you had to live up to it,” said the dancer in an interview with AFP, a few days after taking the role on June 28.

Daughter of a Franco-Vietnamese couple, Alice Renavand was a little rat at the Opera from the age of eight. She was named a star “lately”, at the age of 33 in 2013, after a more contemporary than classic career with the Opera Ballet.

For the past four years, she has danced little due to pregnancy, injury, strikes and the Covid-19 epidemic.