The Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève


2023-2024 Season

The season of the Geneva Ballet Company, under Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s artistic direction, echoes the season’s theme “Power Games” by featuring the elemental, planetary and feminine forces at play in the contemplative power of movement and its avatars, which are the power of dance.
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2022-2023 Season

2022-2023 Season

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
31 Aug 2022
The Ballet at La Bâtie Festival de Genève

As we welcome Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève invites the Geneva Ballet to the Château Rouge main stage with the revival of two original works by the Belgian choreographer.

Floating Worlds
Damien Jalet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
19-24 Nov 2022
Floating Worlds
Skid / Ukiyo-e

For the opening of the season of the Geneva Ballet, Skid by Damien Jalet, the company’s new associate artist, and the world premiere of Ukiyo-e by its director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

The Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet off-site
27-28 Jan 2023
The Ballet meets L’OCG

Electrofaunes ? Because the event starts with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, followed by a new choreography by the Ballet’s dancers on an electronic music base.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
16-19 Feb 2023
Sutra is a journey of cultural and social exchange

After meeting the Shaolin monks in 2007, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui decided to work closely with the temple to develop a joint project for which he created the choreography and danced with the monks himself.

Corps (im)mobiles
The Ballet at the MAH
2 Mar-18 Feb 2023
Corps (im)mobiles
GTG x Ugo Rondinone x MAH

The ballet of the Grand Théâtre inhabits the exhibition Carte blanche à Ugo Rondinone “when the sun goes down and the moon comes up”.

Damien Jalet, Fouad Boussouf
19-23 Apr 2023

TRACES is both a rite of memory and a celebration of the present, always on the move


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, 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…). From the 22–23 Season, the Ballet is under the management of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

How much we have in common

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Geneva Ballet Director

The Ballet is already family; its performers have danced my work: Loin, Fall and they rehearsed Exhibition up to the point of the second lockdown. As the new director, I want to give its dancers the opportunity to show themselves as full human beings on stage instead of just people who are very good at moving around.
I believe in artists who understand the deep-rooted relationships between all the arts, so inviting choreographers like Fouad Boussouf and also especially Damien Jalet is a way to show my desire to reveal analogies between us as artists, letting us honour the interconnection between music, the visual arts and choreography. In collaboration with visual artists, such as Ugo Rondinone or Antony Gormley this season, choreography finds an innovating visual voice. I love to work with live music especially created for my shows: the arts become one, they support one another. The living artists are part of my extended family, which opens limitless possibilities.
My intention with the company is to create new pieces and share my existing repertory of larger scale works in which a big group of dancers can be featured together as one coherent whole. We’ve been so isolated from each other these last years that seeing humans come together and stand as a community can bring us comfort, it can remind us we are part of a bigger picture. Pieces like Noetic, which we are bringing to La Bâtie at the beginning of the season, or Sutra as Guest Ballet programme, are a reflection on these interconnections.
I am always on the lookout for the elements that can show us how much we have in common as human beings, how much we differ. Are these really differences or rather choices? Sometimes we are different because we have to make our choices; I wanted to become an interpreter and did a really rewarding first year at the Antwerp Translators and Interpreters Institute. But I couldn’t at the same time follow my desire to be a performing artist. I had to let go of something. Nevertheless, the spirit of the interpreter still resides in me as a performer and a designer of performance, and it will never leave me.

About Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a globally celebrated figure like few others in dance today: a brilliant auteur-choreographer, with roughly a hundred shows under his belt, touring all around the planet, and former artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders (2015-22). The Belgian-Moroccan’s choreographic oeuvre overflows with memorable productions, some of which originated in Geneva (Loin, 2005) and others on great stages and video sets all over the world (Puz/zle at the Avignon Festival in 2012, to name but one). For Marina Abramović’s maiden voyage as scenographer, and with Damien Jalet as co-creator, Cherkaoui’s whirling, shadowy and darkly mechanical interpretation of Ravel’s Bolero for the Paris Opera Ballet was a sensation at the Palais Garnier in 2013 and remains one of his most iconic pieces. The trio reformed for Pelléas et Mélisande in 2018 at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; a production which was reprised and live streamed in Geneva. From dancer colleagues to creative partners, Cherkaoui and Jalet form a unique artistic bond: it is only logical that Damien Jalet should join Cherkaoui and the Geneva Ballet as an associate artist, with several works of his featuring in this season and the following. Cherkaoui shares some thoughts about his vision for his new mandate as artistic director of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève with us.


Oscar Comesaña
Diana Dias
Gonzalez Besa
Da Young
Perez Cardona
Van Dyck

The Company

Director of the Ballet
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Company Executive Manager
Florent Mollet

Deputy Assistant
Vitorio Casarin

Administrative Coordinator
Léa Caufin

Ballet Masters
Aurélie Gaillard
Angela Lee Rebelo
Pascal Marty
Manuel Renard

Elena Braito
Antonio Costa
Serafima Demianova

Technical director of the ballet
Rudy Parra

Lighting manager
Sébastien Babel

Stage Manager
Alexandre Ramos

Medical service
Dr Silvia Bonfanti
Dr Victoria Duthon
(Hirslanden Clinique La Colline)

Anne Catherine Froton
Thomas Meister
Thomas Richter

Massage therapists
Imane Chabbouh
Cyrille Harreau
Marc Hwang
Kim Schifferli

On Tour

On tour

Find out the GTG Ballet’s tour dates.

May 2023

May 16 & 17 2023
La Filature / Mulhouse, France
Thr(o)ugh, choreographer Damien Jalet
Vïa, choreographer Fouad Boussouf
May 20 & 21, 2023
Hessisches Staatstheater / Wiesbaden, Germany
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Vïa, choreographer Fouad Boussouf
May 25 & 26, 2023
Scène Nationale d’Orléans / Orléans, France
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Noetic, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
May 4, 2023
L’Équinoxe / Châteauroux, France
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Vïa, choreographer Fouad Boussouf

June 2023

June 13-16, 2023
Théâtre National de Bretagne / Rennes, France
Skid, choreographer Damien Jalet
Thr(o)ugh, choreographer Damien Jalet

August – September – December 2022

August 31, 2022
La Bâtie-Festival de Genève / Château Rouge / Annemasse, France
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Noetic, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
September 18, 2022
Festival le Temps d’Aimer / Gare du Midi Biarritz, France
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Noetic, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
December 2, 2022
Théâtre Équilibre / Fribourg, Switzerland
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Ukiyo-e, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

January 2023

January 27 & 28, 2023
L’Usine, Centre culturel autogéré / Genève, Switzerland
Electrofaunes, Musical director and artistic concept Marc Leroy-Calatayud
With L’OCG & Arthur Hnatek
January 20 & 21, 2023
Teatro Arriaga Antzokia / Bilbao, Spain
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Ukiyo-e, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

February – March 2023

February, 4 & 5 2023
Opéra de Rouen / Rouen, France
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Noetic, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
February 7, 2023
Le Tangram Palais des Congrès / Evreux, France
Faun, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Noetic, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
March 2-18, 2023
MAH / Genève, Switzerland
Corps (im)mobiles, an exhibition by Ugo Rondinone with the collaboration of Fouad Boussouf

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