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Lyon Opera Ballet

The present-day Lyon Opera Ballet was established in 1984 when Lyon Opera director Louis Erlo invited Françoise Adret to create a new ballet company committed to contemporary choreographers. When Adret retired in 1991, Yorgos Loukos, who had been the company's associate artistic director, was appointed artistic director. The company made its US debut in 1987 with Maguy Marin's Cendrillon, a two-week engagement at New York City Center. Committed to showcasing contemporary choreography, Lyon Opera Ballet has acquired and commissioned ballets by a wide range of international dance makers, including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylían, Nils Christe, Nacho Duato, Mathilde Monnier and Jean-François Duroure, Louis Falco, Mats Ek, Christopher Bruce, Ohad Naharin, and Angelin Preljocaj, and has featured works by many American choreographers, including Trisha Brown, Ralph Lemon, Karole Armitage, Lucinda Childs, Susan Marshall, Stephen Petronio, and Bill T. Jones. In 1995, Lyon Opera Ballet was named Opéra National de Lyon, elevating the company to the same level as the Opéra National de Paris, the only other national opera house in France.