Loukos Yorgos

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Contemporary dance / Artistic Director

Born in Athens, he took courses in Paris Foska Igor, Boris and Raymond Franchetti Kniaseff. He also studied philosophy at the University of Aix-en-Provence. From 1972 to 1980, he performed successively at Théâtre du Silence at the Zurich Opera and Ballet National de Marseille, where he became - in 1980 - assistant of Roland Petit (it goes up Carmen for American Ballet Theatre and The Arles for the London Festival Ballet). After a stint at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he joined the Lyon Opera at the invitation of Francoise Adret as ballet master (1985), before becoming co-director (1988), then artistic director at the start of Francoise Adret, in December 1991. The Ballet de l\'Opera National de Lyon owes the coming choreographers for many world premieres or entries to the directory, including: Maguy Marin, Nacho Duato, Angelin Preljocaj, Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Frédéric Flamand, Hervé Robbe, Meryl Tankard, Mats Ek, Lionel Hoche, Tero Saarinen, Trisha Brown, Ohad Naharin, Dominique Boivin, Mathilde Monnier, Russell Maliphant, Philippe Decouflé, Christian Rizzo, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Sasha Waltz, Odile Duboc, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Bel and Rachid Ouramdane. In his numerous tours both in France and abroad, the company became the ambassador of the city of Lyon in the world. Yorgos Loukos is since 1992 director of the Cannes Dance Festival, go to dance internationally.
He was the organizer of the French dance festival France Moves to New York, conducted in May 2001 co-production with many theaters New Yorker. He led a similar event in London in autumn 2005. Since summer 2006, he was also director of the Athens Festival.

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