Lazaro Cuervo Costa

Cuban and French based in Paris

Model - Dancer - Actor - Artis - Free-lance performer

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The dancer

Lazaro Cuervo Costa started his career at the age of six in the vocational arts and dancing school in his native town Matanzas (Cuba). At the age of ten he enrolled as a boarder at the “Escuela Nacional de Artes” (ENA) in Havana to study both classical ballet, and modern and contemporary dance.

He graduated from the ENA in 2001 and went on to dance for very prestigious dance companies in Cuba: Danza Nacional de Cuba, Company Narciso Medina, Company Danza combinatoria, Company Folklorico Nacional and the Havana Night Show, as well as the legendary Tropicana de Cuba Cabaret.

He was admitted to sit for the Fifth Year Diploma at the Instituto Superior de Artes of Havana, but, during a tour in Europe, he stayed and settled in France.

Since then, he performed in Broadway musicals “The Lion King” in Paris and “Tarzan,” in Hamburg, and in José Montalvo’s creations “Don Quixote of Trocadero” and “Asa Nisi Masa” for the Théâtre National de Chaillot, which toured nationally and internationally.

Lazaro made a remarkable appearance at the M6 TV contest “La Meilleure Danse” up to the quarter finals.

He participated in the creation of Jean-Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak Show at the Folies Bergère in Paris (2018-2019), and on tour at the Spoleto festival (Italy) and the Elisabeth Centre (London).

He recently participated in the creation of Demi Mondaine show-concert “The Cabaret of Monsters” (2021).

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The actor

He made inroads into theatre and cinema acting with a one man-show stand-up “Un Cubain à Paris” (A Cuban in Paris) at the Théâtre l'Européen (Paris) co-written with Pierre Palmade, and playing a role in the short film “The embrace of men” directed by Nicolas Georgen, in competition at the 2019 Nikon festival. He completed a movie and theatre acting workshop at the Acquaviva School of Acting in Paris in 2021.

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The haute couture and fashion photography model

Lazaro runs a parallel career of model, performer and choreographer. This professional entwinement of the arts, he started as a teenager with the Cuban painter Mendibe, and has been pursuing in Europe with famous photographers and fashion designers who call upon him for their luxury publications and fashion shows. Among them, François Rousseau and Jean-Paul Gaultier, both of whom have chosen him for their muse.

Since 2003, Lazaro has posed for photographer François Rousseau in photos, installations, and exhibitions, in particular: Lazaro Dream (2003), Nu (2005), Men in motion (2009).

He has modelled for Christian Dior (Pure Poison, John Galliano, 2004), L’Oréal and Chanel (2006), Jockey (2010), Puma (2012), Sephora (2013) Samsung (2014), Balmain (2020) Jean Paul Gaultier (Scandal, 2021), and Kilian Paris (2020, 2021). Lazaro has also walked many times for Jean-Paul Gaultier, and for Umit Benan’s collection (2014).

Lazaro has appeared extensively in fashion’s most prestigious print publications: Vogue, Numéro, GQ (YSL Rive Gauche, Thomas Sabo, Dior, Number(N)ine, Fendi – Photographer: Hans Feurer), Elle USA (Jean-Paul Gaultier – Photographer: Thomas Witheside), Gala (Hugo Boss – Photographer: Rasmus Mogensen), and Marie-Claire (Photographer: Peter Lippmann), Vogue Singapour (Photographer: Tereza Mundilova).