Opéra de Lyon Ballet

December 1, 1985.   It was a chilly Sunday afternoon.  I just arrived in Lyon from Paris.  As I sat in a red velvet chair in the old Lyon Opera House, waiting for the curtain to rise while trying to overcome jet lag from my earlier flight from New York, little did I realize that what I would see would remain emblazoned in my imagination 25 years later.  It was Maguy Marin’s magically incandescent “Cendrillon,” which we had been hired to publicize for its American premiere at City Center.  It was also the U.S. debut of the Lyon Opera Ballet, a trailblazing company, which under the directorship of Yorgos Loukos, would commission works from legions of groundbreaking American choreographers—Ralph Lemon, Bill T. Jones, John Jasperse, Karole Armitage, and Sarah Michaelson.  It also introduced many leading European dance artists to American audiences during the company’s countless tours across the United States, which we also publicized.


Country: France

Years: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Art form: Dance

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