Lionel Hoche joined the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1983, where he danced under the direction of Jiri Kylian. During his six years with the company, he danced in pieces by other prestigious choreographers such as William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Jerome Robbins, Hans van Manen, Jose Limon. In 1989 Lionel Hoche joined Astrakan, Daniel Larrieu’s company, with whom he danced until 1991. In 1992 he became Larrieu’s assistant for Attentat Poétique, created for the Paris Opera Ballet. Lionel Hoche founded his own company Association MéMé BaNjO (Compagnie Lionel Hoche) that same year and presented Prière de tenir la main courante at the International Cannes Dance Festival, who commissioned and produced this work. Lionel Hoche has worked as a freelance choreographer for various companies since 1990. Much in demand, he has created over fifty new commissioned works for more than thirty of the world’s most prestigious ballets, such as the Paris Opera Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater, the Batsheva Dance Company, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Zurich Ballet, the National Ballet of Finland, the Compañia Nacional de Danza (Madrid), the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Ballet Philippines. In January 2002, Lionel Hoche received the distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture, a knighthood for his contribution to the promotion of dance in France and abroad.
“Mr Hoche, unlike many French choreographers, focuses on movement more than theatrical atmosphere. A choreographer to watch.”
Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times
“Lionel Hoche is a young man who has technique, know-how, and quite naturally enjoys putting them into practice…This 37-year-old choreographer knows how to capture the attention of audiences and media alike…”
Rosita Boisseau, Le Monde
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