André Larquié and Michel Sala
President of the board of directors
Choreographer and Genral director
Born in Stockholm, Petter Jacobsson started his studies in dance at the age of three and was further educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, he later graduated from the Vaganova Academy in St.Petersburg in 1982.
As a principal dancer with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in London between 1984 to 1993, he toured the globe dancing all of the renowned classical roles as well as appearing as guest artist with numerous international companies. In 1993, he moved to New York to begin a freelance career, studying with Merce Cunningham and working with Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Irene Hultman Dance and later Deborah Hay.
Petter and Thomas Caley started working as a creative team in the mid nineties, choreographing works for Martha@Mother, the Joyce Soho in New York and the choreography for the opera Staden at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, a commission for the 1998 Cultural capital of Europe.
In 1999, when Petter was appointed the artistic directorship of the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, they made the move to Europe to continue their artistic collaboration. An exceptional embodiment of their work for the RSB was the creating of two immense happenings,In nooks and crannies 2000 and 2001. The project included the Royal Ballet, Opera and Orchestra, as well as independent artists who took-over non-traditional, yet possible, performance spaces occupying the entire Royal Opera House of Stockholm. Petter received "Choreographer of the year 2002” from the Society of Swedish Choreographers in recognition of the modernisation of the Royal Swedish Ballet.
After years of collaboration, Petter and Thomas established an independent dance company in 2005 - works include Nightlife, Unknown partner, Flux, No mans land- no lands man,The nearest nearness – in 2002 they won a “Goldmask” for best choreography for the musical Chess with Björn Ulveus and Benny Andersson (ABBA).
As of 2011, Petter is leading and choreographing together with Thomas Caley for the CCN Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy: Untitled Partner #3, Performing Performing, Relâche, Armide, Discofoot, L’Envers, Record of Ancient Things, Happening Birthday. Their curating for the CCN invites as well a wide variety of artistic talent from around the world. Each invited creator joins in the active questioning of a specific theme. La saison de La 12/13, Tête à tête à têtes 13/14, Live 14/15, Folk + Danse = (R)évolution 15/16 and Des plaisirs inconnus 16/17 and 50 ans ! 17/18. To insure a lively and non fixed use of the art form they continue their searching through installations for the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris and Musée Pompidou Metz and an original initiative LAB-BLA-BAL, where a series of open house art experiments, workshops, and discussions are given at our choreographic center.
Trained in classical ballet at the Princess Grace Academy in Monte Carlo, Isabelle Bourgeais joined the company, then called the Ballet Théâtre Français of Nancy, in 1978, under the direction of Jean-Albert Cartier. He named her a Principal Soloist a few years later. She danced the full company repertory under the direction of Patrick Dupond and Pierre Lacotte, respectively, in neo-classical as well as classical and contemporary pieces.
Françoise Adret asked her to assist with rehearsals during the 1999- 2000 season, and Didier Deschamps named her his Ballet Mistress when he was named Director of the Ballet and it became a Centre Chorégraphique National. Bourgeais received her French teaching diploma in 1996 and was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1997.
Her principal partners include Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, Patrick Dupond, Patrick Armand, Thomas Klein, Miroslaw Gordon and Andrei Fedotov.
Rehearsal director and coordinator of research
The choreographer and dancer Thomas Caley was born in the United States. In 1992 he earned a BFA from Purchase College in upstate New York. After a year of performing in a multitude of independent projects in New York City he joined the Merce Cunningham Company.
From 1994 to 2000, he worked as a principal dancer with the company, touring throughout the world and participating in the creation of 12 new works by Cunningham. In 2000 he moved to Stockholm to continue his collaboration with Petter Jacobsson and to continue working as a freelance dancer in Europe, in France Thomas has worked with Boris Charmatz on the 50 ans de danse & flip book projects. As of 2011, Thomas Caley is the coordinator of research for the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine.
Artistic Coordinator and Rehearsal Director
After studying at various dance schools in Switzerland: Les Sylphides Montreux, Geneva Dance Center and Ecole de danse de Genève, she began the three year training program of the Schweizerische Ballettberufsschule of Zürich, where she obtained her professional diploma in 1993. She then joined the Ballet de Lorraine under the direction of Pierre Lacotte and was promoted to soloist in November 2002 by Didier Deschamps. In 2006, She earned her French diploma in teaching. Her journey as part of the Ballet de Lorraine has included performing in a wide range of works, including romantic and contemporary ballets as well as a number of contemporary creations.
During the 2013/ 2014 season, she began a new direction in her career, taking the positions of both Artistic Coordinator and Rehearsal director for the company.
Originally from Gatineau (Canada), he began his dance education in jazz dance and gymnastics. In 2007 he began attending the École Supérieure de Ballet Contemporain in Montréal, studying both ballet and contemporary dance. In 2010, he received a grant from the Princess of Monaco during the Monaco Dance Forum, and a few months later he joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine.
From 1992 to 1995, she studied at the CNR in Paris. From 1995 to 2000, she studied at the CNSM in Paris, where she obtained a degree in performance, anatomy, dance history and music. In 2000/ 2001, she joined the CNSM Junior Ballet, and in 2001, she joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine. During her time with the company she has also obtained her high school diploma in literature.
Born in Niort, Alexis Bourbeau began dancing at the age of five at the Tissier Lescaut school, before entering the School of the Paris Opera Ballet under the direction of Claude Bessy, dancing works by Maurice Béjart and John Neumeier, among others.
After finishing his studies in 2003, he worked with the choreographer Blanca Li for a year; the following year he joined the Jeune Ballet of Rosella Hightower with Monique Loudière before joining the Lyon Opera Ballet, where he stayed for nine years. He has danced in works by William Forsythe (Limb's Theorem, Second Detail, One Flat Thing Reproduced, Work within Work), Mats Ek (Giselle), Jiří Kylián (Sechs Tanze, Symphony of Psalms, One of a Kind, Bella Figura, Heart's Labyrinth), Merce Cunningham (Beach Birds, Summerspace) and has also worked with Antony Hamilton, Benjamin Millepied, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Maguy Marin, Rachid Ouramdane, Jérôme Bel, Angelin Preljocaj, Ralph Lemon, Marcia Barcellos and Emanuel Gat.
In August of 2015, Alexis Bourbeau joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine.
Justin Cumine began by studying jazz dance in the south of France, then continued his studies for five years at the CNR in Avignon, earning his diploma in choreographic studies, with honors in jazz and contemporary dance as well as a degree in literature. After graduating he joined the Jeune Ballet de la Cité des Papes (Avignon) later leaving to join the Professional Integration Cell (Apprenticeship program) of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine. In 2008, he danced for the Cyprus National Dance Company, Dance Cyprus. The same year he was hired by Didier Deschamps, joining the CCN - Ballet De Lorraine. In 2010, he earned his French dance diploma in ballet. In 2014, he created Reliquats as part of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine’s program series Cartes blanches.
Born in Conversano (Italy), Giuseppe Dagostino starts his academic studies with Victor Litvinov at 16 years old. In 2005, he enters to the Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri Teatro alla Scala where he graduates in 2008 in classical and contemporary dance. His career continues in the Compañía Nacional de Danza until 2013, first under the direction of Nacho Duato and then José Carlos Martínez. During these years he has the opportunity to work with some international choreographers , among many Angeline Preljocaj, Jirí Kylián, Matz Ek, Johan Inger, William Forsythe, in addition to dance the whole repertoire of Duato. In 2013 he meets Olivier Dubois which debuts Prêt-a-Baiser, then decides to begin a period of research with several artists, including Marcos Morau / La Veronal, and follows theater workshops with Gabriela Carrizo, Jan Lawers and laboratories of dramaturgy. In the same year he graduates in Letters and Cultural Heritage in Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. He works also as an apprentice in the Societas Raffaello Sanzio, under the direction of Romeo Castellucci, and as a dancer with the choreographer Marcos Morau / La Veronal in a project on Pasolini. Meanwhile, he works as a personal assistant of Claudia Castellucci during research laboratories. Il rejoint le CCN - Ballet de Lorraine en 2016.
Charles began dancing at the age of 16 with Martine Cote. He then attended the Conservatory in St Maur des Fossés and studied with Paula Schiff. He continued his training with two years at the CRR in Avignon where he earned an honors degree in contemporary dance. He earned his French national diploma at the Ecole Nationale supérieure de danse in Marseille under the direction of Jean Christophe Paré, where he focused on contemporary dance, working with Daniel Larrieu, Hervé Robbe and Frédéric Flamand.
After working with the GUID (Urban Group of Danced Interventions of the Ballet Preljocaj) he joined the Ballet Junior of Geneva where he danced in repertory by Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman and Thierry Malandain. He joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine in March of 2013.
Born in Belgium, Inès first began studying in Antwerp at the Koninklijke Balletschool Antwerpe, and then entered the CNSM in Lyon. In 2014, she joined the Ballet Junior in Geneva, where she danced in repertory pieces by Alexander Ekman and Patrick Delcroix, and also in a creation by Kaori Ito. In 2015, Inès went to Germany to dance at the Saarländisches Staatstheater under the direction of Stijn Celis, dancing in pieces by Stijn Celis, Martin Chaix and Ohad Naharin …In 2016, Inès became a free‑lance artist, working with a number of young choreographers.
She joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine in April 2017.
Flavien Esmieu starts dancing at the age of 5. He learns dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur à Lyon before joining the company Balletboyz in London where he will work for 5 years. Flavien has danced a varied repertoire with pieces of Russel Maliphant, Ivan Perez, Javier de Frutos, Christopher Wheeldon and Pontus Liedberg. He also played and danced in the movie Young men directed by Balletboyz, producted by Arte and the BBC. He joins the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine in may 2018.
Born and raised in California, Angela studied at the Juilliard School, graduating under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes in 2017. She received additional training from the School at Jacobs Pillow and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. At Juilliard, Angela was awarded the Joseph W. Polisi “Artist as Citizen” prize for her work in the community and is a recipient of a Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship. Upon graduation, she joined the Limón Dance Company in New York City. She has been grateful to perform works by Matthew Neenan, Richard Alston, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Zvi Gotheiner, and Kate Weare, as well as classic works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and Jose Limón, among others. Angela started at the Ballet de Lorraine in June of 2018.
Born in the Paris area (Essonne) in 1998, Nathan began dancing at the age of 9. He entered the CNSM in Paris at the age of 14, working with teachers such as Cheryl Therrien, Jean Alavi, Nathalie Pubellier, Rita Quaglia, Edmond Russo in contemporary dance, and ballet with Isabelle Riddez and Roxana Barbacaru. He did master classes with Martin Kravitz, Brigitte Seth and Roser Montlo, Mary Ann Santos New All and Patricia Lent. In 2016 he earned his high school diploma with honors, then in July 2017, earned a certificate in contemporary dance, all at the CNSMDP.
He joined the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine in 2017.
Born in Saint-Etienne, France, Inès started her classical dance training at the age of four in Lyon. Early on she began exploring other techniques as in, jazz, hip-hop and caractère. By seven she began participating in many competitions in France as well as abroad, like the Youth America Grand Prix. She spent her summers enrolled in courses at the Princess Grace Academy, in Monaco or with the Royal Ballet School in London. In 2016 she continued her classical and contempoary training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Lyon. For the 2018-2019 season she performed as a member of the Youth Ballet of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon, here she had the chance to dance the works of Bruno Bouché, Ohad Naharin and José Martinez. Parallel to this she obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Performative Arts in Lyon 2. At the end of her studies in July, 2019 she obtains her first contract with the Opera of Nice. Inès joined the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine in August, 2019.
Born in Geneva, he studied ballet at the Geneva Dance Center, in 2005 he was engaged by the Opera Ballet of Bordeaux. Two years later he joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine. In 2012, he co-created the piece I Might Steal Your Clothes presented in the competition Danse élargie at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. Along with his career as a dancer, Tristan Ihne is interested in music, working in both production and deejaying. In May 2014 he made a short film together with artist M'hand Abadou, as part of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine’s program series Cartes blanches.
Born in England, Vivien first trained at the English National Ballet School and at the Rambert Dance School. In 2006 she joined the Ballet Biarritz Junior where she worked with Thierry Malandain, Itzik Galili, Thomas Noone and Christophe Garcia. She then danced with the Compagnie Yvette Bozsik in Budapest and at the Opera Ballet of Bordeaux, and worked as a freelance dancer with Gaël Domenger, Pantxika Telleria and Kukai Dantza Konpainia. She joined the CCN Ballet de Lorraine in 2011.
Born in Bordeaux in 1998, Matéo started dancing at the age of five with Béatrice Gelle in Blaye, studying modern jazz. He entered the CNSMDP in 2015, working with teachers such as Edmond Russo, Nathalie Pubellier, Rita Quaglia, Cheryl Therrien and Isabelle Ridez. During his contemporary dance courses, he had the opportunity to work on the repertory of choreographers like Olivier Dubois, Joanne Leighton and Rainer Behr. In March 2019, he was selected to dance the solo Es ist meine vulva choreographied by Lia Rives for the 23 Internationales Solo-Tanz Theatre Festival of Stuttgart. He participated in June 2019 at the ManiFeste festival of the IRCAM, in partnership with the composer Konstantin Heuer. He joined the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine in August 2019.
Born in Toulon in 1995, Margaux starts her formation at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulon before joining at 13 the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille until graduation. In 2013 she join the CODARTS in Rotterdam where she obtain her Bachelor of dance in july 2017. During her studies at CODARTS she dance pieces of Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Juanjo Arqués, Stephen Shropshire and Ton Simons. During her last year of studies, she joins the Scapino Ballet company as an intern and work with Ed Wubbe, Marcos Morau, Félix Landerer and Martin Harriague. At the end of the year 2017 she dance with the Valencia Dancing Forward in spain, where she notably interprets a piece of Marcos Morau. She joins the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine in may 2018.
Began her studies at the CNR in Nice, after she attended the CNSM in Paris, where she earned her high school diploma. She joined the Nice Opera in 1995, and danced in works by many prominent choreographers, among them Leonide Massine, Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, N. Christie, R. Wherlock, M. Wainrot, M. Ribaud, K. Debrock, Y. Vamos and M. Naisy.
She joined the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine in 2004, discovering another repertory consisting of works by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Maguy Marin, Angelin Preljocaj, G. Vienne, Mathilde Monnier and participating in the creations of works by Joëlle Bouvier, B. Cekwana, Karole Armitage, Christophe Béranger and Hervé Robbe.
Elsa Raymond was born in Lyon and studied ballet, jazz and contemporary dance in Villeurbanne with Pascale Courdioux and René Bon.
In 2008, she joined the Tivoli Ballet in Copenhagen; the following year she went to the Ballet of the National Opera of Finland in Helsinki, where she performed classical repertory ranging from Bournonville to Balanchine, as well as the neoclasssical works of David Dawson, Richard Wherlock and Nicolo Fonte. After that she went freelance, dancing with several different contemporary dance companies.
In 2012, she earned her French national diploma as a ballet teacher at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris. That same year she joined the Lyon Opera Ballet, where she danced for three seasons. She has danced in works by William Forsythe (One flat thing reproduced, Work within work, Limb's Theorem, Enemy in the Figure), Mats Ek (Giselle), Ohad Naharin (Minus 16), Jiri Kylian (Heart's Labyrinth, Bella Figura), Maguy Marin (Cendrillon), George Balanchine (Who cares), Alvin Alley (Memoria), Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (Drumming), Marcia Barcellos (Atvakhabar Rhapsodies) and Rachid Ouramdane (Tout autour).
She joined the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine in August of 2015.
Rémi began dancing at the age of 14 with Valérie Simonnet in Bordeaux. He then began studying contemporary dance at the Conservatoire Supérieur in Paris in 2012, earning his degree three years later. He joined the Ballet Junior in Geneva for the 2015-2016 season, then in the summer of 2016 signed his first professional contract with Olivier Dubois for Auguri, which toured for 18 months. Olivier also taught him a solo, Les Mémoires d'un Seigneur, created in 2015 at the CCN in Roubaix for Sébastien Perrault, which he has been performing since the winter of 2016. Rémi also worked in Geneva with the Franco-Swiss choreographer Perrine Valli. He joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine in January of 2018.
Born in 1983 in Saô Paulo, Brazil, began dancing at the age of 9, continuing her training at the Ballet School in Vienna, Austria. She has been a member of the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine since 2001.
Willem-Jan began dancing at the age of 6 in a local school in Beringen, Belgium, and then attended the Koninklijklijke Balletschool in Antwerp. He joined the Ballet Junior in Geneva at the age of 18 and worked for three years with, among others, Sharon Eyal, Andonis Foniadakis, Barak Marshall ... He joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine for the 2017-2018 season.
Céline began studying dance in Antwerp at the Royal Balletschool Antwerp, earning her diploma in 2014. She then continued training at the Ballet Junior in Geneva under the direction of Patrice Delay and Sean Wood. She felt a strong connection to contemporary dance, performing in works by Sharon Eyal, Barak Marshall, Hofesh Shechter, Roy Assaf, Andonis Foniadakis and Alexander Ekman.
In September 2017, at the age of 20, she joined the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine.
Luc Verbitzky began dancing at the age of 15 in the Aveyron region in southwestern France. He continued training intensively while maintaining his academic studies, then entered the CNSMD in Paris in the contemporary dance department, working with Peter Goss, André Lafonta, Nathalie Pubellier and Cheryl Therrien as well as with the choreographers Cristiana Morganti and Jarek Cemerek. He graduated with honors from the CNSMD in June and in September 2014 he joined the company of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine.
Esther Bachs Viñuela
Esther Bachs earned her degree from the Pôle National Supérieur de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower Under the direction of Paola Cantalupo. She continued directly to the Cannes Youth Ballet where she danced the works of Jiři Kylián, Jean Christophe Maillot, Marco Cantalupo and Katarzyna Gdaniec. After her performative education continued with the Junior Ballet of Geneva, performing works by Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Roy Assaf and Sharon Eyal, or working directly with choreographers such as Olivier Dubois, Jan Martens, Thomas Hauert, Emanuel Gat et Noemi Lapzeson.
After her education she participated in many freelance projects within Switzerland. In connection with the Festival de la Bâtie de Genève she worked with Tamara Bacci and Carmen Perrin in a multidisciplinary project, and with the Théâtre Poche/GVE de Genève in the piece 4.48 Psychose de Sarah Kane directed by Mathieu Berthole. She has also worked with the choreograph Marina Mercat in Barcelona.
She joined the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine in June 2019.
Léo Gras started dancing at the age of five and at ten he continued his education with the Pôle National Supérieur de Danse de Cannes, Rosella Hightower. He studied both contemporary and classical dance techniques, his last year was spent as a member of their Youth Ballet. He received high marks and a mention for his studies in dance history, music and anatomy. He has had the opportunity to dance Works by Jean Christophe Maillot, Angelin Preljocaj, Éric Oberdorff, Michele Merola, Jérôme Meyer, Isabelle Chaffaud, Julien Ficely and in créations by choreographers such as Marco Goecke and Filipe Portugal. He has worked as an apprentice with the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company and the Ballet de l’Opéra national of Lyon.
He joined the apprenticeship program of the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine in August 2019.
Born in Anvers (Belgium) in 2000, Emilie developed a passion for dance at a very young age. She began her education at the age of 10 with the school of the Royal Ballet of Anvers (Koninklijke Balletschool Antwerpen). Her continued studies included the High School for the Arts of Anvers (Kunsthumaniora Antwerpen), and in 2017 the Ballet Junior of Geneva Under the direction of Patrice and Sean Wood.
Through her education she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Anton Lachky, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Roberto Olivan, Olivier Dubois, Hofesh Shechter, Barak Marshal, Alexander Ekman, Theo Clinkard, Thomas Hauert, Maguy Marin and Rachid Ouramdane.
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Coordinator of outreach programs
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