Lyon Opera Ballet




Created in 1969 by Lyon Opera Director Louis Erlo, the present Lyon Opera Ballet was established in 1984 when Mr. Erlo invited Françoise Adret to create a new ballet company committed to contemporary choreographers. When Ms. Adret retired in December 1991, Yorgos Loukos, who had been the company’s associate artistic director since 1984, was appointed artistic director.

In 1987, the company made its United States debut with a two-week season at City Center in New York, where it presented Maguy Marin’s Cendrillon, a magical transformation of the Cinderella story, which became an instant success. The company returned to New York later that spring to present the ballet for an additional two weeks. As France’s most well-traveled ballet troupe, the company has subsequently made twenty cross-country tours of the United States.

Committed to showcasing contemporary choreography, Lyon Opera Ballet has, to date, acquired and commissioned ballets by a wide range of international dance makers including William Forsythe, Jirí Kylían, Nils Christe, Nacho Duato, Mathilde Monnier and Jean-François Duroure, Louis Falco, Mats Ek, Christopher Bruce, Ohad Naharin, and Angelin Preljocaj, among others. The company’s repertoire features works by many American choreographers as well, including Trisha Brown, Ralph Lemon, Karole Armitage, Lucinda Childs, Susan Marshall, Stephen Petronio, and Bill T. Jones.

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“One of France’s national treasures…”

San Francisco Chronicle

“[William] Forsythe’s demanding style is well-suited to the dancers’ technical prowess and emotional intensity… It’s a special treat to see the world-renowned Lyon Opera Ballet performing his work”

The Seattle Times