Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon

The dance ensemble of the Lyon opera ranks among the best in Europe. The company repeatedly succeeds to not only win over the masters of the craft for new projects, the ballet ensemble of the Lyon opera regularly receives licenses for significant choreography and herewith the possibility to keep extraordinary works of recent dance history alive.


The ensemble of the Opéra Lyon is a classically trained company with its focus on contemporary dance. The dancers, those having the possibility to perform a variety of different styles, are trained in various techniques in the company. For the past 20 years, the ensemble has acquired an extensive repertoire covering more than 100 works, including 50 world premieres, which appeal to the choreographers to refine and enhance the profile and take into consideration their own environment as well as special spacial connections: to the ‘post-modern’ Americans (Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones, Ralph Lemon, Stephen Petronio or Susan Marshall), the literates of the movement (Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Sasha Waltz), and the explorers of new spaces, mixed gestures and pictures (Philippe Decouflé, Mathilde Monnier, the American or Australien ‘Next Wave’), as well as the ambassadors of the ‘young French dance’ (Jérôme Bel, Alain Buffard, Boris Charmatz, Rachid Ouramdane, Christian Rizzo) and the unique Catherine Diverrès. A step towards the future, that incorporates different trends and is open for the theatrical as well as exciting new interpretations of specific repertoire pieces (‘Cinderella’ choreographed by Maguy Marin, ‘Romea and Julia’ by Angelin Preljocaj and ‘The Nutcracker’ by Dominique Boivin). The Lyon Opéra Ballet can be named the mirror of the constantly changing dance culture worldwide.

After presenting ‘Trois grandes Fugues’ with great success at the Bonn opera house in 2017, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon will guest for the second time at this year’s Beethovenfest Bonn.

Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon beim Beethovenfest






7:30 pm

‘Gods and Dogs’

  • Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon
  • Quatuor Arlequin
  • Jiří Kylián choreography, decor, musical concept
  • Kees Tjebbes light
  • Dag Haugerud video
  • Cecile Semec video
  • Tatsuo Unemi computer controlled projection
  • Daniel Bisig computer controlled projection
  • Joke Visser costumes
  • Russell Maliphant choreography
  • Lee Curran light
  • Stevie Stewart costumes
Oper Bonn