Jerome Tisserand is from Lyon, France. He trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School, with Pascale Courdioux in Lyon, and at the School of American Ballet. He joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2006. Mr. Tisserand joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007 and was promoted to soloist in 2012 and principal in 2014.
Mr. Tisserand has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Coppélia (Franz, Discord and War), Diamonds, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement pas de deux, Lysander, Cavalier), Rubies, Serenade, La Source, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in C; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Albrecht, Hilarion, Peasant pas de deux); Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little mortal jump; David Dawson’s Empire Noir and A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Red Angels, and Serious Pleasures; Nacho Duato’s Rassemblement; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, New Suite, and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky; Paul Gibson’s Mozart Pieces, The Piano Dance, and Rush; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund, Blue Bird pas de deux, Gold and Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land, Petite Mort, and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cendrillon (Prince) and Roméo et Juliette (Romeo, Acolyte); Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata; Mark Morris’ Pacific; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows; Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada), and Pictures at an Exhibition; Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Fancy Free, Glass Pieces and West Side Story Suite (Tony); Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Prince, Evil Sprite, Harlequin), Nutcracker (Prince, Commedia), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried, Pas de trois); Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball, Brief Fling, Nine Sinatra Songs, Opus 111, and Waiting at the Station; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Polyphonia, and Variations Sérieuses (Premier Danseur). He originated leading roles in Jessica Lang’s Her Door to the Sky, Millepied’s 3 Movements, Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3, Margaret Mullin’s Lost in Light, Peck’s Debonair, Price Suddarth’s Signature, and Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic.
At Miami City Ballet, Mr. Tisserand performed works by Balanchine, Marius Petipa, and Tharp. He also performed as a student with Paris Opera Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet School, at the School of American Ballet in works by Benjamin Millepied and Wheeldon, and for the New York Choreographic Institute in works by Charlotte Griffin, Paul Julius, and Miao Zong. He has performed as a guest artist with Allegheny Ballet Company, among others.
Mr. Tisserand won second prize at the 2003 Dance Festival of Artists in Nyon, Switzerland, and first prize in the 2004 Prix Carpeaux in Valenciennes, France.