Novis won the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris’s
first prize in 1982, allowing him to enter the Paris Opera Ballet
School. He joined the company in 1984 and was promoted to Coryphee in
the same year. He received the Carpeaux Prize for the Best Young
Talent in the company, and was promoted to Sujet in 1989.
Laurent’s repertory with the Paris Opera Ballet includes
soloist and principal parts in :
Rudolph Nuryev’s Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La
Cinderella and The Nutcracker as well as Serge
en Blanc, Pierre Lacotte’s La Sylphide,
La Fille Mal Gardée, Anthony Tudor’s Continuo and Patrice
Bart’s Coppélia. He dances
works by George Balanchine such as Divertimento
no 15, Symphony in Three Movements, Concerto
Barocco and The Four Temperaments.
Laurent has worked with choreographers such as:
Nils Christie (Before Nightfall)
Hans Van Manen (Grosse Fugue)
Lar Lubovitch (Hautbois).
Twyla Tharp (As Time Goes By)
Roland Petit (Le Loup; Carmen; Rhythmes
Maurice Béjart (Le Concours, La IXe Symphonie)
Jiří Kylián (Sinfonietta; Tantz-Schul;
William Forsythe (In The
Middle Somewhat Elevated; Pas.parts)
Jerome Robbins (Glass Pieces;
Moves; The Concert; In The Night).
During his time at Paris Opera Ballet, Laurent has twice taken
a years leave of absence to pursue projects.
In 1991 he danced with the English National Ballet as Principal
Dancer, dancing the principal roles in Taming
of the Shrew (John
Cranko), Etudes (Harold Lander), and Coppélia (Ronald Hynd). In 1997 he joined Les Ballets de Monte Carlo as Principal Guest
Artiste, dancing in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations,
Violin Concerto and Who Cares?, and Jean-Christophe Maillot’s
Romeo and Juliet and L'île.
He has also appeared as guest artiste with the Birmingham
Royal Ballet where he danced The Nutcracker by Peter Wright and
Romeo and Juliet by Kenneth MacMillan, and also with Scottish
Ballet in Galina Samsova’s Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.
Though Laurent is still dancing he also teaches. He has taught
at the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars in England, in Japan and in
Monte Carlo. Since 2003 Laurent has been teaching at the Paris
Opera Ballet and at the Paris Opera Ballet School.
The Sleeping Beauty (Edinburgh)
"Laurent Novis is every inch the Prince, investing each step
and gesture with a regal flourish and ripping through his solos
with a debonair dash."
The Taming of the Shrew (London)
"Laurent Novis is a rising dancer who has joined from Paris Opera,
he responds with lively cheelfulness to the role’s dramatic
opportunities, dancing with both polish and swagger."
Swan Lake (Glasgow)
"The Prince and Princess were danced by Laurent Novis and Daria
Klimentová, whose dancing flowed with natural grace and expressive
power. Their Act 3 pas de deux, particulary where the prostrate
Klimentová seemed to fly into Novis’s arms was breathtaking.
His height and extension was a perfect match for his radiant
and beguiling partner."
The Taming of the Shrew (Oxford)
"Monday’s pairing of Lynne Charles as Katherina the shrew
and Laurent Novis as Petruchio her suitor, would be hard to beat.
Mr Novis seems able to lift his partner on one finger and simultaineously
mange emotion all the way from the very tender to the downright
The Sleeping Beauty (Paris)
"Laurent Novis has exceptional physique which makes him believable
as soon as he enters the stage, a poetry, natural elegance, grace,
a sense of theatricality, musicality, and of course the essential
technique which permits him to execute this difficult choreography."