Season 2019-2020

Useless Beauty

Useless beauty
What a wonderful place to be; surrounded by all this useless beauty. (!)
The arts have questioned, defined, refused, embraced and rejected beauty. It has long been a catalyst, toying with us or imposing its presence. Like dance it is fleeting and its definition elusive.  
What defines something as useful? It is something both tangible and open for interpretation, as, what functions for one may not work for another. From plastic objects to physical bodies, artists continue to form and reform our perceptions of these two iconic words. Evoking emotion and debate; there is a uselessness in their pursuit but what a thrilling chase it is!

We remember Churchill's famous answer when he was asked to cut funding to the arts in order to support the war effort in World War II: "Then, what are we fighting for ?"

So, this timeless reinvention continues… For the season we have gathered a diverse range of projects and people to give space and time to this subject.
For the creations taking place at the National Opera house of Lorraine we have the pleasure of inviting Olivier D, Maud P, Loic T..
“All  know the use of the useful, but nobody knows the use of the useless!” 
― Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

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Wednesday, November 13 2019 at 8:00PM
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 8:00PM
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8:00PM
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00PM

At the Opéra national de Lorraine

We no longer need to introduce Olivier Dubois, the exciting enfant terrible of contemporary dance, whose creations are always highly anticipated and which always inspire strong reactions, be they pro or con. He is known for his work with groups, with many different kinds of dancers, so it is a particular pleasure for us on this, his first collaboration with the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, knowing he intends to use the entire company of dancers. And he has chosen to use music by Steve Reich, an American composer known as a pioneer of minimalist music. The choreographer conceives his pieces like musical scores, and he is fascinated by the idea of using this hypnotic, repetitive music in conjunction with his movements, offering audiences a different way of listening to dance and watching music ...

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Choreography and scenography: Olivier Dubois
Music: Steve Reich

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An evening shared with the CCN / Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 8:00PM
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 8:00PM

At the Opéra national de Lorraine

After a first encounter in Mulhouse last season, the two CCNs – Ballets of the Region will now again be meeting on the Opera stage, each presenting a piece from their respective seasons, using more than fifty dancers, in an exceptional evening of dance. The CCN / Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin invites you to discover the new creation by Gil Harush, a young Israeli choreographer, who was inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf, a pioneering feminist whose genius, courage and poetic universe he celebrates. And the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine, will present a revival of Miguel Gutierrez’ Cela nous concerne tous (This concerns all of us), a standout work in the program called 1968-2018, a work inspired by the extraordinary energy prevailing in France during the many demonstrations held in May 68. A powerful call, inviting us to go beyond our individualism, choosing the group in order to share new elements of utopia in the rush of the collective experience. 

Cela nous concerne tous (This concerns all of us)

Choreography : Miguel Gutierrez
Music co-created by Miguel Gutierrez and Olli Lautiola

Yours, Virginia

Choreography: Gil Harush
With the dancers of the CCN / Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin

Yours, Virginia (scolaire)

Chorégraphie : Gil Harush
Avec les danseurs du CCN / Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 8:00PM
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 8:00PM
Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:00PM
Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 3:00PM

At the Opéra national de Lorraine

Two generations of choreographers, two separate artistic journeys which have nonetheless crossed paths over the years – come together in this powerful evening of dance, manifesting the sharing of the two artists’ interest in the overflowing energy generated by the dancers of the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine. In NO OCO, Loïc Touzé steps into the space of studio work as it becomes something powerfully collective, playing with original, passive material driven by its rhythm and transforming it into the active movement of dance. As for Maud Le Pladec, she continues her research oncorporeality and choreographic vocabulary; in Static Shot, she presents a cinematographic work, a fixed frame in which neither movement or visual focus ever stop. The dancers’ bodies experience a sort of continuous climax, exploring the sensations of pleasure and ecstasy.


Choreography: Maud Le Pladec
Music: Chloé and Pete Harden


Choreography: Loïc Touzé