The Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine (which was awarded the title of Centre Chorégraphique National in 1999), is located at 3, rue Henri Bazin in Nancy. Its origins go back to 1968 with the creation of the Ballet Théâtre Contemporain (BTC), established at the Maison de la Culture in Amiens.
As the first decentralized company to prioritize choreographic creation, the BTC, after a stopover at the Theatre of Angers, established itself permanently in Nancy. After the departure of Jean-Albert Cartier, its founding director, the Ballet, which has had several different organizational names, was directed by Patrick Dupond, Pierre Lacotte, Françoise Adret and Didier Deschamps. We must note the importance of the role played by André Larquié, President of the board of directors for the Centre Chorégraphique National – Ballet de Lorraine from 1998 to June of 2014, who along with having a great deal to do with the installation of the BTC in Nancy in 1978 was also instrumental in the classification of the Ballet de Lorraine as Centre Chorégraphique National and the seeing through of the change of its focus to a contemporary repertory. As of June 2014 Michel Sala was elected to succeed as President of the board of directors for the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine.
2011 Petter Jacobsson succeeds Didier Deschamps as Director of the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, with a clear mission to make it a major cultural center, highlighting the exploration of new perspectives offered by the choreographic arts.
2000 Didier Deschamps is named the Director of the Centre Chorégraphique National – Ballet de Lorraine, establishing an artistic mission exploring the diversity of contemporary choreographic creation
1999 Having been awarded the prestigious Centre Chorégraphique National “label,” the Ballet National of Nancy and Lorraine becomes the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine with a new orientation toward contemporary dance and choreographic creation. Françoise Adret becomes the Director and supervises the artistic transition for one year.
1991 Pierre Lacotte succeeds Patrick Dupond, focusing on classical and romantic masterpieces. The company is renamed the Ballet National of Nancy and Lorraine.
1988 Jean-Albert Cartier is named Director of the Palais Garnier and of the Festival of the City of Paris. Patrick Dupond, a danseur étoile at the Ballet of the Paris Opera, is named Artistic Director of the French Ballet of Nancy.
1987 The French Ballet Theatre of Nancy becomes the French Ballet of Nancy.
1978 Created as part of the choreographic decentralization process begun on September 1, 1978, the French Ballet Theatre of Nancy is created, under the artistic direction of Jean-Albert Cartier. His role is to bring important choreographic works to Nancy and to the Lorraine region, and to present the company and its repertoire in France and abroad.