The company consists of a troupe of 32 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.
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.
Bruno Bouché entered the Dance School at the Opéra national de Paris in 1989, and was later recruited into the Corps de Ballet of the Opéra national de Paris in October 1996 as a Quadrille. He was promoted Coryphée in January 1999 and Sujet in 2002. He notably danced in works by George Balanchine, Pina Bausch, Maurice Béjart, Kader Belarbi, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Rudolf Nureyev, Marius Petipa, Roland Petit, Angelin Preljocaj, Laura Scozzi and Saburo Teshigawara. In addition to his activities at the Paris Opera House, he was also often invited to dance in Europe, the USA and Japan in the groups of the dance company’s various Étoile dancders.
Since 1999, he has been the Artistic Director of Incidence Chorégraphique, which produces choreographic creations for the dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra de Paris (such as José Martinez and Nicolas Paul), which are regularly performed in France, Spain, Italy, Japan and recently in Israel at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, and the Karmiel Dance Festival, and also in Turkey at the Opera House and the French Cultural Centre in Istanbul.
He has signed several choreographies since 2003, including Bless – ainsi soit IL (2010, Suzanne Dellal Centre Tel Aviv), Elegie (2011, with Dissonances and David Grimal), Nous ne cesserons pas (2011, Georges Cziffra Foundation), and From the Human Body (2012, Fontainebleau Theatre). In the frame of the Percussions and Dance evening, he created SOI- Ătman and Music for Pieces of Wood for the Opéra national de Paris in 2013, performed on the stage of the Opéra Garnier. In 2014, he created Yourodivy at the Opéra Garnier, in the frame of the Music and Dance evening. He worked with the artist JR for his film Les Bosquets, and a film shoot on the roofs of the Opéra Garnier. In March 2015, he created Amores 4 and Dance Musique 3-2-1 for the Garnier stage. For Israel Tour 2015, he created Between light and nowhere at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.
In 2013, he took over the artistic direction of Les Synodales Festival in Sens, and for the dance season at the municipal theatre and the contemporary choreographic competition for young dance companies. In 2014-2015, assisted by Laura Gédin, he undertook the choreographic programme “Ten months of school and Opera” and created Ça manque d’amour, after a year of school workshops with Year 7 pupils at the Chenevreux secondary school. During the 2015-2016 season, Benjamin Millepied asked him to take part in his first Choreography Academy at the Opéra de Paris. In June 2017, he created Undoing World at the Opéra de Paris. In July 2016, he was appointed Director of the CCN/Ballet of the OnR. He officially takes up the position of Director in September 2017.
The Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin in a few dates.
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.
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.
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.
The Opéra du Rhin became a national opera house and the Ballet du Rhin was renamed the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin.
Centre Chorégraphique National
The prestigious title of National Choreography Centre (Centre Chorégraphique National - CCN), awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, covers a certain number of structures in the arts, each directed by an outstanding artist from the world of choreography. Through their artistic colour and originality, the structures present the diversity of languages, styles and creative modes within today's cultural landscape in France. The 19 centres develop various artistic projects focused on choreographic creation, but also on setting the repertoire in perspective. They bring productions to a wider audience, share the work environment (Accueil Studio) and develop choreography and training. These public missions are entrusted by the State and the local and regional authorities which provide financial backing in the framework of regional planning and policies fostering dance activities. The aim is to give artists the backing of a true policy in favour of artistic development within a dedicated work environment.
The Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin was awarded the title of National Choreography Centre (CCN) in 1985 and remains an exception in the network in that it is the only CCN to be hosted by an Opera House. This choice, backed by the State and the local and regional authorities in Alsace, has fulfilled a desire to acknowledge ballets of the repertoire and neo-classical dance. This is accomplished side by side with contemporary dance companies, thereby fostering exchange and emulation between the different practices.
Each centre follows through a policy of creation and broadening the audience both within its own region, and also throughout France and beyond national borders. Each centre has its own specific repertoire while developing innovative dance-based projects.
Accueil Studio: a mission to share
Since 1998, the Department of Music and Dance of the Ministry of Culture, has given the CCNs the task of assisting independent companies through a programme called Accueil Studio. The aim is to provide the companies selected with the means afforded professional productions through material and/or financial support (studios, backing through co-production etc.), foster contacts and exchanges and guide the emergence of innovative artistic projects. In this respect, the CCNs act as resource centres for choreography in France. A financial envelope is allocated to each CCN to help bring the projects of the selected companies and choreographers to fruition.
The Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin has been committed to this policy since 2001. It has supported the work of choreographers from Alsace, and indeed the whole of France. The aim is, above all, to give projects substance, foster encounters, forge partnerships and enable dance to flourish throughout France.
In 2018-2019, The Ballet of the OnR - CCN supports :
- Harris Gkekas
- Cie Strates (via le réseau Grand Luxe)
- Caroline Allaire – Cie KHZ
- Bruno Benne – Cie Beaux-Champs
- Olga Mesa & Francisco Ruiz De Infante – Cie Hors Champs
- Gilles Baron – Association Origami Cie Gilles Baron
- Vania Vaneau – Cie Arrangement provisoire
- Mathieu Desseigne, Sylvain Bouillet & Lucien Reynès – Cie Naïf Production
- Raphaël Cottin – Cie la Poétique des Signes
- Catherine Diverrès – Association d’Octobre Cie Catherine Diverrès
- Ezio Schiavulli – Cie EZ3 (via le réseau Grand Luxe)
- Vidal Bini – Cie KHZ (via le réseau Grand Luxe)
- Marino Vanna – Cie Marino Vanna
- Sarah Crépin & Etienne Cuppens – Cie La BaZooKa
- Laurent Goldring – Cie Goldring-Productions
- Gilles Schamber – Cie Gilschamber Asso Tanz
- Edouard Hue – Beaver Dam Company
- Etienne Rochefort – Cie 1 des Si
- Claire Durand-Drouhin – Cie Traction
- Baptiste Hilbert & Catarina Calçada Barbosa – Cie Awa As We Are
They collaborate with the Accueil Studio :
- ADIAM67 – Strasbourg
- Agence Culturel d’Alsace – Sélestat
- Bataville Fabrique Autonome des Acteurs - Moussey
- CCN Ballet de Lorraine – Nancy
- Centre Europe – Colmar
- Espace 110 – Illzach
- Espace Athic – Obernai
- Espace Tival, CREA – Kingersheim
- La Filature Scène nationale – Mulhouse
- MAC Relais Culturel – Bischwiller
- Le Manège Scène nationale - Reims
- Pôle Sud CDCN – Strasbourg
- Théâtre La Coupole – Saint-Louis
- Théâtre du Marché aux grains – Bouxwiller
- Théâtre Le Triangle – Huningue
- Tréteaux de Haute Alsace - Mulhouse
- TJP CDN – Strasbourg
- Viadanse CCN de Franche-Comté – Belfort
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