François Alu, who made himself known to the general public by joining the Dancing with the Stars jury, made a very surprising announcement on his Instagram account on Wednesday November 23, 2022. He is about to make a new start.
François Alu loves new challenges. It was for this reason that he had agreed to join the members of the jury of Dance with the stars. During the last two seasons, the man who is currently a star dancer at the Paris Opera has never stopped giving his expertise and advice to amateur dancers. Only, Wednesday November 23, 2022, if he spoke on his Instagram account, it was to make an announcement that was very surprising to say the least. He started his message by assuring that he was about to do “The big jump“.”After 12 years spent in this prestigious institution that is the Paris Opera, that’s it, I’m taking off!“, he thus announced.
“After close discussions with the management of the Opera, Alexander Neef and Martin Ajdari, whom I thank for their attentiveness and open-mindedness, we agreed on my departure. So I don’t block a Star position for a few annual performances and we can also continue to collaborate in the future in new forms of projects., which I am already looking forward to. I will also continue the development of all my different artistic projects“, he continued before making some revelations about his next challenges in his career.
François Alu has new goals far from dance
Indeed, in a few weeks, he will go on different stages in France to play his only stage titled Completely thrown away. He took the opportunity to promote it by announcing the dates: “I will play on December 4 in Toulouse at the Zénith and on December 11 in Tours at the Palais des Congrès, at the Olympia on February 5 and at the Corum of Montpellier on June 11! New dates coming soon“. But François Alu also has other desires, such as replaying comedy.”I really want to play the cinema again, to play the theater again, to immerse myself in writing, directing, producing and of course always dancing (…) I can’t wait to see you again! Thank you for your support which means so much to me..”
Just after this shock announcement, Alexander Neef, the general director of the Paris Opera, spoke in a press release. “IIt will be up to the new dance director, José Martinez, who will take office on December 5, 2022, to discuss with him the collaborative projects that I hope may see the light of day in the future.The decision taken by François Alu comes only seven months after he was named prima ballerina. The supreme title for any classical dancer of which he was very proud. However, his many other activities prevented him from being able to devote himself 100% to the supreme mission entrusted to him.His departure also comes at a time when there are tensions within the Paris Opera.