Under the direction of Petter Jacobsson since July 2011, the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine has dedicated itself to contemporary choreographic creation ever since it was awarded the CCN “label” in 1999.

“Why do we dance? What are we doing right now, and why?” “How can we make movement evolve further, how far can it go -- or not go?”

These questions and many others are important to Petter Jacobsson, questions which keep changing and which affect the choreographic arts on a daily basis. And in this examination, he is accompanied by Thomas Caley, the research coordinator for the company.

Chaque saison est axée autour d’une thématique développée par Petter Jacobsson et Thomas Caley, qui se veut être en même temps un fil rouge pour le travail et une nouvelle interrogation : 

2012 / 2013 La saison de La

2013 / 2014 Tête-à-Tête-à-Têtes

2014 / 2015 LIVE !

2015 / 2016 Folk + Danse = (R) évolution

2016 / 2017 Des plaisirs inconnus

2017 / 2018 50 ans !

2018 / 2019 Fifty plus !

2019 / 2020 Inutile beauté

2020 / 2021 Fiction addiction

2021 / 2022 Ready! (Made)

2022 / 2023 tlm (tout le monde)


Located in the center of the city of Nancy, near the place Stanislas, the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine is established on a building site which once housed a shoe factory, next door to which in the early 2000s was a building housing a car dealership.

Various renovations and construction projects have resulted in the creation of three studio spaces, one of which can accommodate bleacher seating for 100 spectators.


The Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine (which was awarded the “label” of Centre Chorégraphique National in 1999), is located at 3, rue Henri Bazin in Nancy. Its origins go all the way back to 1968, to the creation of the Ballet Théâtre Contemporain (BTC), established at the Maison de la Culture in Amiens. Located at the intersection of the historical center of the city of Nancy and the new Meurthe et Canal quartier, the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine is a vibrant venue for creation and research specific to contemporary and classical dance, with artistic standing at the national and international levels. As the first decentralized company to prioritize choreographic creation, the BTC, after a stopover at the Theatre of Angers, established itself permanently in Nancy. After the departure of Jean-Albert Cartier, its founding director, the Ballet, which had several different organizational names, was directed by Patrick Dupond, Pierre Lacotte, Françoise Adret and Didier Deschamps. And we must note the importance of the role played by André Larquié, President of the Centre Chorégraphique National – Ballet de Lorraine from 1998 to June of 2014, who also had a great deal to do with the installation of the BTC in Nancy as far back as 1978.

Petter Jacobsson follows Didier Deschamps as Director of the CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, with a declared mission to make it a major cultural center, highlighting the exploration of new perspectives offered by the choreographic arts.


Didier Deschamps is named the Director of the Centre chorégraphique national – Ballet de Lorraine, offering an artistic mission which explores the diversity of choreographic creation.


Having been awarded the prestigious Centre chorégraphique national “label,” the Ballet National of Nancy and Lorraine becomes the Centre chorégraphique national - Ballet de Lorraine with a new orientation toward contemporary dance and choreographic creation. Françoise Adret becomes the Director and supervises the artistic transition for one year.


Pierre Lacotte succeeds Patrick Dupond, choosing some of the classical and romantic masterpieces which contributed to his international reputation. The company is renamed the Ballet National of Nancy and Lorraine.


Jean-Albert Cartier is named Director of the Palais Garnier and of the Festival of the City of Paris. Patrick Dupond, a danseur étoile at the Ballet of the Paris Opera, is named Artistic Director of the French Ballet of Nancy.


The French Ballet Theatre of Nancy becomes the French Ballet of Nancy.


Created as part of the choreographic decentralization process begun on September 1, 1978, the Ballet-Théâtre contemporain is relocated in Nancy and becomes the Ballet-Théâtre français, under the artistic direction of Jean-Albert Cartier. His role is to bring important choreographic works to Nancy and to the Lorraine region, and to present the company and its repertoire in France and abroad.


Relocation of the Ballet-Théâtre contemporain in Angers.


Creation of the Ballet-Théâtre contemporain at the Maison de la culture d’Amiens by Jean-Albert Cartier and Françoise Adret with the support of Ministry of Cultural affairs. The company use for the first time the label "Centre chorégraphique national".