Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten
Artistic Directors

In conjunction with Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille, and Michel Vauzelle, President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Aurélie Filippetti has given her consent to the appointment of Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten as Artistic Directors of the National Choreographic Centre – Ballet National de Marseille, succeeding Frédéric Flamand who ran the ballet until the end of 2013.

Born in Italy, Emio Greco has built up a strong artistic vision across Europe in collaboration with the dramaturge Pieter Scholten.

Their plan for the Ballet National de Marseille is to pursue this artistic vision, supported by their knowledge of the Ballet from an earlier collaboration. While continuing the work of openness and sharing in this organisation dedicated to dance, they are proposing an artistic project based on two main themes: “the rebellious body” on the expression and presence of dance in society as well as the position of the artist, and “the body of the Ballet” on the search for and development of a new form of contemporary ballet. These themes form the core of the work being proposed with the dancers and will take place with the involvement of local, regional and international partnerships, particularly in association with the network they have built up from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where they are currently based, and elsewhere in Europe.

Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten will work with KLAP, run by Michel Kelemenis, on proposals concerning the Choreographic Centre’s openness to other dance companies and will also consider links with dance schools in Marseille and Cannes.

The Minister of Culture and Communication also welcomed the high-quality propositions made by the other candidates that were submitted to the selection panel.

Published on 10 March 2014

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