Kathleen Thielhelm

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Kathleen began her dance training with Jean Wolfmeyer in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and continued her education at the Virginia School of the Arts. She then moved to New York and joined the Joffrey Ballet School and the Metropolitan Ballet Theater with Maniya Barredo. She later danced with the Joffrey Ballet, in Chicago, for nine seasons. She became company member with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 2009.

She has performed numerous lead roles such in ballets as The Rite of Spring (l’Elue), The Ninth SymphonyCantate 51Mephisto Valse, Webern Opus V, Nutcracker  and The Magic Flute in the role of Pamina. She danced in Gil Roman’s 3 danses pour Tony, Anima Blues, t ’M et variations…, Tous les hommes presque toujours s’imaginent and in 2015, he chose her for a lead role in Tombées de la dernière pluie. She also took part in numerous original works from guest choreographers like Sthan Kabar-Louët’s Aliziam O’EstAlonzo King’s Figures of ThoughtJulio Arozena’s Song of Herself and Tony Fabre’s Empreintes. In 2017, she participated in the creation of Dixit, a piece written and directed by Marc Hollogne with choreographies by Maurice Béjart and Gil Roman.

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