Ballet du GTG

A dense season

Artistic creation is a fragile thing, but because it is always on the edge, it carries in itself a great deal of hope. When analysis and research outweigh the need for box office hits, when adventures take you off the beaten path, that is when discoveries and detours open up new genres, new times and new idioms that run parallel, first to their creators and then to their audiences. This is our conviction, at the Grand Théâtre, as we look once again to the future, as ever, for the dance season that opens before us.


A dense season, for sure, where experienced artists rub shoulders with the upcoming generation. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadakis, Ioannis Mandafounis open the season and their younger colleague Jérémy Tran will close it: they will all be taking us to their world of dreams, feelings, hard work, virtuosity and at the end of the day, indubitable humanity. With two new dance premieres, this new dance season is the bearer of hope. Great hope, indeed, at the start of a new collaboration between the Geneva Ballet and the Grand Théâtre opera stage: in our new production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, we will be welcoming our ballet company as a much-awaited and longed-for guest. A season where those who know the score share space with the eagerness and vulnerability of those who are taking their first steps. A season carried on the shoulders of the dancers of the Geneva Ballet, men and women of extraordinary talent and yet, humble enough to gladly risk baring themselves completely before us. A season supported by a guest performance of one of the greatest contemporary dance ensembles of our time: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her dance company Rosas will grace us with their Six Brandenburg Concertos, a piece that is blowing away audiences all over the world. A season which echoes with the minimalist musical choices of our opera season and resounds with the immense genius of the cantor of Leipzig, none other than Johann Sebastian Bach.
A new dance season that makes this final statement: in an institution like Geneva’s Grand Théâtre, burdened by nature with the richness of its heritage, it is also possible to dare to exercise the free will of creativity that is the future of dance. This is our hope; this is our confidence and our way forward.

Philippe Cohen
Director of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève



The cincture of the sound
Is holy ground,
Where all are Brothers,
Not faceless Others.

W. H. Auden
« A Hymn to the United Nations » (1971)

The Six Brandeburg Concertos © GTG Matthieu Gafsou
The Six Brandenburg Concertos
Teresa De Keersmaeker
20-23 Feb 2020
«My walking is my dancing»

A.T. De Keersmaeker

Les vrais paradis sont les paradis qu’on a perdus.

Marcel Proust
À la recherche du temps perdu : Le Temps retrouvé

Minimal Maximal
Mandafounis, Foniadakis, Cherkaoui
10-17 Nov 2019
Minimal Maximal
Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night ; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake
« The Tyger »
Songs of Experience (1794)

The Ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Genève

In 1962, the Grand Théâtre de Genève acquired a permanent ballet company, made up of 22 artists, offering two original choreographic creations per season. Collaborating with choreographers of international renown, under the management of Philippe Cohen, over the course of its performances, it has built a worldwide reputation for itself. Today, whilst the premieres are always held in Geneva, the Geneva Ballet frequently performs outside Switzerland (France, Italy, United States, Russia, Australia, China, Brazil, South Africa, etc.).


The Company

Director of the Ballet
Philippe Cohen

Deputy Assistant
Vitorio Casarin

Administrative Coordinator
Emilie Schaffter

Maîtres de ballet
Grant Aris
Grégory Deltenre

Serafima Demianova

Yumi Aizawa
Céline Allain
Ornella Capece
Angèle Cartier
Diana Dias Duarte
Léa Mercurol
Tiffany Pacheco
Mohana Rapin
Sara Shigenari
Lysandra van Heesewijk
Madeline Wong
Valentino Bertolini
Adelson Carlos
Zachary Clark
Andrei Cozlac
Armando Gonzalez Besa
Xavier Juyon
Juan Perez Cardona
Simone Repele
Sasha Riva
Geoffrey Van Dyck
Nahuel Vega

Technical director of the ballet
Philippe Duvauchelle

Lighting manager
Arnaud Viala
Régisseur plateau
Mansour Walter

Medical service
Dr Victoria Duthon
(Hirslanden Clinique La Colline)

Thomas Meister


On tour

21, 22 JAN 2020
Echirolles, France
Wahada, choreography Abou Lagraa

25 JAN 2020
Bastia, France
Carmina Burana, choreography Claude Brumachon

28 JAN 2020
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Carmina Burana, choreography Claude Brumachon

30 JAN 2020
Mons, Belgique
Wahada, choreography Abou Lagraa

1st FEB 2020
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Carmina Burana, choreography Claude Brumachon

04 FEB 2020
Fulda, Allemagne
Fallen, choreography Andrew Skeels
Glory, choreography Andonis Foniadakis

07 FEB 2020
Montrouge, France
Carmina Burana, choreography Claude Brumachon

13 FEB 2020
Sassari, Italie
Carmina Burana, chorégraphie Claude Brumachon

15, 16 FEB 2020
Cagliari, Italie
Carmina Burana, choreography Claude Brumachon

20, 21 FEB 2020
Ludwigsburg, Allemagne
Tristan & Isolde, choreography Joëlle Bouvier

26, 27, 28 février 2020
Nîmes, France
Wahada, choreography Abou Lagraa

03 MAR 2020
Le Perreux, France
Carmina Burana, choreography Claude Brumachon

19, 20 MAR 2020
La Rochelle, France
Fall, choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Fallen, choreography Andrew Skeels

25 MAR 2020
Modena, Italie
Tristan & Isolde, choreography Joëlle Bouvier

27 MAR 2020
Pavia, Italie
Wahada, choreography Abou Lagraa

29 APR 2020
Gijon, Espagne
Roméo & Juliette, choreography Joëlle Bouvier

01, 02 MAY 2020
Bilbao, Espagne
Roméo & Juliette, choreography Joëlle Bouvier

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