The company was created in 1968 in Amiens, France, as the first National Choreographic Center under the direction of Françoise Adret, In 1978 it was moved to Nancy and in 1999 it was reassigned its title of CCN, able to reestablish its origins as a platform to promote the contemporary choreographic arts.
As of July 2011 the organization is under the general and artistic direction of Petter Jacobsson.
The CCN – Ballet de Lorraine and its company of 26 dancers is one of the most important companies working in Europe, performing contemporary creations while retaining and programming a rich and extensive repertory, spanning our modern history, made up of works by some of our generations most highly regarded choreographers.
The organization functions as an art center and venue for multiple possibilities in the fields of research, experimentation and artistic creation. It is a platform open to a variety of disciplines, a space where the many visions of dance of today may meet.
Why do we dance?
What are we doing right now, and how does this affect what and how we may decode what we are seeing?
How can we make, or allow movement to evolve further, how far can it go? - or not go?
These questions and many others are important to Petter Jacobsson, questions which change, which keep us alert, and which affect the choreographic arts on a daily basis. In this practice of questioning, he is accompanied by Thomas Caley, the coordinator of research.
Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley program each season around a particular theme : 2012 / 2013 La saison de La – 2013 / 2014 Tête-à-Tête-à-Têtes – 2014 / 2015 Live ! – 2015 / 2016 Folk + Danse = (R) évolution — 2016 / 2017 Des plaisirs inconnus — 2017 / 2018 50 ans !
The CCN - Ballet de Lorraine is resolutely open to the sharing of its creative facilities, hosting artistic residencies as part of the accueil/studio program for companies from the Lorraine region, France as well as international artists, and collaborating with the principal cultural structures in Lorraine and throughout Europe.
This center of art is a venue which strives to welcome all audiences, offering many different kinds of original events: lectures, performances, workshops, installations, screenings, open rehearsals, public meetings – These events are encompassed within our series entitled LAB BLA BAL.
The CCN-Ballet de Lorraine is also a resource, supporting many different developmental actions and outreach programs for school children, university students, artists in training, physically or mentally impaired audiences, amateurs …. offering workshops in choreographic practice, and classes in dance and improvisation.
We welcome you to the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine!