Jean-Marc Puissant (CBA ’18) is an award winning set and costume designer working internationally for opera, theater and dance. Designing productions of all scales, styles, and genres, Puissant’s design practice is rooted in the identity of unique collaborations, supporting the nature and craft required by each art form across the performing arts. He was nominated as Best Scenographer at the 2016 Benois de la Danse, was a finalist of World Stage Design 2013, and several productions he designed won Laurence Olivier Awards, South Bank Show Awards, National Dance Critics Awards, and TMA Awards. Puissant trained at the celebrated Motley Theatre Design Course in London after studying Art History at La Sorbonne, Paris. His career began as a dancer, studying at Paris Opera Ballet School and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. A professional dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, Puissant danced and created roles in classical, neo-classical and contemporary repertoires.
Ballet Beyond its Choreographic Identity
At The Center for Ballet and the Arts, Puissant’s practical and research-based project will focus on the process surrounding creating and producing ballet, both historically and in a contemporary context from a non-choreographic perspective. In doing so, Puissant aims to create a forum of interviews and discussions with established creatives, producers and technicians. In parallel, he will work and document his current design work for contemporary ballet productions and existing ballet repertoire.