Season 2015/2016

Folk + Danse = (R) évolution

Who makes dances? We do!

Choreographer’s corporal experimentations often become codified little by little, continuing to evolve while they develop specific patterns. Even if their research resists, there is often an inevitable conservatory process. From this a new generation of choreographers question, evolving within or starting revolutions of their own, which send ripples of influence to our collective future dance.

We conceived our first program “American folk dancing” as an immersion into a particularly (r)evolutionary time and space for dance, a moment where society opened itself and stepped away from many dogmas and limitations of its past. 1970 to the early 80s, in an emblematic location: New York, two women, Twyla Tharp and Trisha Brown, were creating their own vernacular. A dance started to evolve through improvised explorations over a multitude of terrains, that wasn’t concerned with classical history but was grounded in how we as “folk” move. Free, open, it was often presented by its creators as being “danceable by everyone.” Later it would be codified, creating a legacy which, whether we want it to or not still influences dancers, choreographers and audiences today.

And we have chosen to share with you some of these pioneering moments in contemporary dance, bringing into the repertory of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine The Fugue and Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp and Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503 by Trisha Brown.

The act of looking back into our history is an immense resource for us: linking and connecting certain moments and nuances of our shared past enriches our own vision of the future. We are always able to start over – and over, but we cannot ever really wipe the slate completely clean.

What are the choreographers of today preparing for us? Will their creations become a new style of dance, will this style be evolutionary or revolutionary? How will their work reach us, how will it give us the courage to move forward? This artistic and political “itinerary” has been given to the choreographers Cindy Van Acker and Marcos Morau, who will be creating new works for the company in the second program of the 2015-16 season.

Research, experimentation, evolution and revolution (!) are part of our everyday life. Join us between March and May 2016, discovering another LAB BLA BAL PROGRAMME, which will consist of two Carte Blanche evenings offered to the dancers of the  company, the inviting of Il n’est pas encore minuit … by the Compagnie XY, and last but not least, a participative project, DISCOFOOT, for dance loving amateurs. With an original concept proposed by Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley, DISCOFOOT will be a wacky (!) tournament of danced soccer matches played according to a series of choreographed rules.

We will also present our end of year performance at the Opéra national de Lorraine with the students from the dance courses offered by of the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine.

We hope you will also join us for the many other community activities we offer over the season: open rehearsals, workshops, encounters with artists… as well as our partnerships with Nancy Jazz Pulsations, RING, the CCAM, L’autre Canal, the Centre Pompidou-Metz…. organized at our location at 3, rue Henri Bazin, or at other venues in the Nancy area. We hope you will join us in getting to know the many choreographers programmed around the Lorraine region between October and December 2015 under the auspices of the Dance Biennal Exp.Edition #02.

Artists have always been essential, contributing to the development and the elevation of our society. They expose us to the great political, social, artistic and cultural questions and problems that are currently part of our world. Through their work they question, they express their doubts and communicate, opening important cultural debates that may then be taken up by other artists and other individuals.

We invite you to join us for these (R)evolutions in 2015 – 2016 in Nancy, in the Lorraine region and on tour.

Petter Jacobsson - Director


November 12, 13 at 8:00 PM, November 14 at 9:00 PM and November 15, 2015 at 03:00 PM
at Opéra national de Lorraine

Trisha Brown - Twyla Tharp

In this exceptional program we will be presenting three important works by the choreographers Twyla Tharp and Trisha Brown. These two choreographers’ works were part of one of the most beautiful and revolutionary periods of American dance history.

For the first time, an emblematic piece by Trisha Brown, Opal Loop/Cloud installation #72503 will enter the company repertory, and the Autumn Festival in Paris will present the work for eight evenings in November 2015 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot.
After the enormous success in Nancy of Tharp’s In the Upper Room in 2013 and 2014, we are now also offering you the possibility of discovering two more exciting pieces by Twyla Tharp: The Fugue and Nine Sinatra Songs, to the timeless and melodious music of the great Frank Sinatra. 

The Fugue

Choreography : Twyla Tharp

Opal Loop/Cloud installation #72503

Choreography : Trisha Brown

Nine Sinatra Songs

Choreography : Twyla Tharp
Music : Songs interpreted by Frank Sinatra


March 3,4,5, 2016 at 8:00 PM and March, 6, 2016 at 03:00 PM
At Opéra national de Lorraine

Cindy Van Acker – Marcos Morau

With this second program consisting of works by two well established contemporary choreographers, Cindy Van Acker and Marcos Morau, we ask them to consider the theme for this season and the questions being asked: how do their pieces question the time we live in? How do their pieces contribute to an evolutionary/ revolutionary form of dance?

With these new works choreographed on the dancers of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine, we invite you to discover for the first time in Nancy these young choreographers who have attracted attention all over Europe for their mastery of style and their astonishing creativity. Share with us a new and richly layered experience with two important up and coming artists.


Choreography : Cindy Van Acker
Music: I am sitting in a room - Alvin Lucier

Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution

Choreography : Marcos Morau Dukowshka
Music : Akira Rebelais, Benjamin Britten
Live drummer : Grégory Terendij


Carte Blanche April 26, 27 at 08:00 PM at CCN - Ballet de Lorraine
DISCOFOOT May,14 and 15 at Nancy 
Compagny XY May, 18 at 08:00 PM at Opéra national de Lorraine

In the spring of 2016, we welcome back our now famous event, LAB BLA BAL in a program of compelling features and surprises, happening at the Opéra national de Lorraine around the Compagnie XY and its piece Il n’est pas encore minuit … which lit up the last Lyon Dance Biennial; two Carte Blanche evenings featuring the dancers of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine, in partnership with the CDN - La Manufacture, as part of the RING festival; two LAB / SALON evenings at the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine, and finally a new participative event, the enigmatic DISCOFOOT, which will be a fun outdoor event presented in Nancy ….


Carte Blanche