Serge Bennathan began his career as a dancer, joining the National Ballet of Marseille when he was 18 years old. He served as artistic director of Toronto’s Dancemakers from 1990 to 2006, where twelve works he created received Dora Mavor Moore nominations, with both Sable/Sand and The Satie Project awarded for Outstanding New Choreography, and he is also a past recipient of Canada’s prestigious Alcan Rio Tinto Performing Arts Award. In 2006, he founded the dance company Les Productions Figlio, for whom he has created nearly a dozen full-length works, and he has also received commissions from companies in Canada and around the world, including the National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Teatro San Martin Ballet Contemporaneo in Buenos Aires, Ballet BC, and Le Jeune Ballet International de Cannes. On the operatic stage, he directed Rossini’s Tancredi on the Canadian Opera Company’s main stage and Stravinsky’s Renard for the COC Ensemble Studio.
In January/February he was at the Met Opera, NYC, working with François Girard.
He is also a painter; his paintings can be seen on the website: sergebennathan.com
His paintings reflect the poetry of the human soul; its dreams, imagination, and humour.