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Founded in 1972, the Ballet du Rhin, which has since become the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin, has journeyed far. From Strasbourg to Mulhouse firstly where it settled in its premises in 1974. In Alsace, France and then the world, it has travelled as an acknowledged ambassador for dance, ever growing through the talent of its successive "bosses": Jean Babilée, Denis Carey, Peter Van Dyk, Jean Sarelli, Jean-Paul Gravier, Bertrand d'At, Ivan Cavallari and now Bruno Bouché. Through their personal influence and artistic choices, they have all contributed to turning this company into a dance troupe whose expertise and quality is unanimously acclaimed.
The Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin is one of the rare French companies to move seamlessly from baroque to modern and from classical to contemporary styles, so that every mode of dance can be appreciated to the full. The long list of choreographers from Bournonville to Heinz Spoerli, not forgetting Balanchine, Kylián, Béjart, Forsythe and Lucinda Childs, merely serves to illustrate this illustrious journey. Its repertoire also includes classic ballets such as La Sylphide and Giselle and re-interpretations of iconic masterpieces such as Don Quichotte, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker Suite and Coppelia, which act as landmarks for the great 20th-century choreographers, and creations solicited of both young choreographers and seasoned artists.
The company consists of a troupe of 33 permanent dancers from the world over, who, in addition to their solid academic training, must be able to take on board and explore in depth a broad variety of styles.



Our missions: evoking pleasure and emotion


As a national choreography centre (CCN) since 1985 and a national repertory company, the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin aims to bring the public a choreographic culture which is often lacking today. It presents a number of landmark works in the repertoire using dynamic, contemporary ways of transmitting its art, and also upholds a dynamic creative policy. The company wants to illustrate the variety and wealth of dance as an essential art form of inexhaustible vitality.

The company tours in France and abroad and is also strongly committed to the choreographic development of Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar and the entire region in order to educate a public that is open to all styles and languages. The aim is to share the intense moments of energy and life experienced in the world of ballet. It is not the age and history of the ballets that are the key factors here, but the pleasure and emotion that they inspire.

The Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin also offers a series of awareness-raising activities oriented to the general public to help make dance and its long history better known, and incite curiosity and the desire to discover.
Beyond eras and styles, our aim is to give the broadest possible audience the desire to (re)discover the path to ballet theatres.


The Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin
in a few dates.

1972 Foundation of the inter-municipal syndicate of the Opéra du Rhin by the towns of Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Colmar.
The ballet company of the Opéra was based in Strasbourg and was called Ballet du Rhin. Jean Babilée was the first Artistic Director.

1974 The company settled into its premises in Mulhouse.
Peter Van Dyk was appointed Director. He was followed by Jean Sarelli (1978), Jean-Paul Gravier (1990), Bertrand d'At (1997), Ivan Cavallari (2013) and now Bruno Bouché.

1985 The Ballet du Rhin was awarded the prestigious title of National Choreography Centre (CCN).
To date, it is the only Centre to operate within an opera setting.

1998 The Opéra du Rhin became a national opera house
and the Ballet du Rhin was renamed the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin.