Artists biographies
Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon

A classically trained company focused on contemporary dance. The dancers, who are offered the chance to perform a diverse range of styles, receive training in the company in different techniques. For more than twenty years, it has put together a large repertory (more than 100 works, including 50 world premieres), calling on choreographers encouraging the language, making it evolve, inventing its environment and its spatial relationship: the “post-modern” Americans (Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones, Ralph Lemon, Stephen Petronio or Susan Marshall), the movement writers (Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Sasha Waltz) and the explorers of new territories, mixing gesture and images (Philippe Decouflé, Mathilde Monnier, the American or Australian “Next Wave“), as well as the representatives of “young French dance” (Jérôme Bel, Alain Buffard, Boris Charmatz, Rachid Ouramdane, Christian Rizzo) and the singular Catherine Diverrès. A step towards the future, incorporating other trends open to theatricality, such as the scathing rereading of several basic works (Cinderella as seen by Maguy Marin, Romeo and Juliette by Angelin Preljocaj and Nutcracker by Dominique Boivin). It may be said that, right now, the Lyon Opera Ballet is a reflection of the ever-changing nature of dance in the world.