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The Lyon Opera Ballet

Under the direction of Julie Guibert, the Opéra de Lyon Ballet still endeavours to discover new areas for contemporary creation while continuing to meet the technical demands of the great choreographers. It still finds new ways to celebrate dancing, highlighting the dancers’ interpretations of the choreography. The classically trained company of dancers is fully open to new contemporary writing and the discovery of new aesthetics. Poised between a sense of wonder and a desire for a greater understanding of the world, it plays a local and an international role.


Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon recrute des danseurs et danseuses

The company will continue to tour throughout France and Europe during the 2023-24 season, performing some of the best-known works in its repertoire.


Following Françoise Adret and Yorgos Loukos, who both introduced a significant diversity of styles to this house of classical background, Julie Guibert’s work as artistic director sustainably revolved around the quality and uniqueness of the artists. With that legacy in mind, Cédric Andrieux, the Ballet’s current artistic director, is now determined to play his part in making it the home of the greatest choreographers of yesterday, today and tomorrow. For both the audience and dancers’ sake, his goal is to promote works of great mastery, with a programme doing a full split. This display of complementary repertoires and eras embodies the legacy of American postmodern and 1990s French dance, along with experimental forms. The programme explores a wide variety of geographic and aesthetic matter while digging into the Ballet’s archives (with over a hundred pieces), encouraging contemporary artists to reinvent classics, and, once again, groundbreakingly intersecting disciplines.

In this regard, the 2023-2024 season is a bold one, with Marcos Morau’s dazzling take on Sleeping Beauty, or the celebration of the master of abstraction that is Merce Cunningham through two seminal pieces, Beach Birds and BIPED. Let’s not forget the lion’s share given to essential 21st century pieces, directed by Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Christos Papadopoulos, nor the collaboration featuring the Pockemon Crew’s vibrant hip-hop. Deeply rooted into its region and relevant on the international scene, the company is devoted to telling and writing part of the history of dance with constant awareness to the issues of our time.


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