Ballet National de Marseille

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Ballet National de Marseille
General information
Name Ballet National de Marseille
Year founded 1972
Founders Roland Petit
Senior staff
Coordinator Frédéric Flamand
La Vérité 25x par seconde by Frederic Flamand and the ballet National de Marseille (April 2010)

The Ballet National de Marseille is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Marseille, France. The company combines modern and classical dance.[1]


The Ballet National de Marseille was founded by the dancer and choreographer Roland Petit in 1972.[1] The company's first production was the Pink Floyd Ballet. Roland Petit's young daughter had given him a Pink Floyd album and told him he should make a ballet from it. The idea matured, and the ballet eventually debuted in Marseille at the Palais des Sports. The band itself performed at the first show. Since then the Pink Floyd Ballet has been staged several times in cities around the world.[2] Under Roland Petit the company's program included modern dance featuring Petit's wife Zizi Jeanmaire, who became famous throughout France.[3]

In 1992 the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille (Marseille National Higher School of Dance) was established. The company and the school were housed in a new 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) building with a 300-seat theater and nine rehearsal studios, two of which are reserved for the company. The company has a staff of 70, of whom half are dancers. The school has an intake of about 120 students each year, providing nine years of training in dance.[1]

Marie-Claude Pietragalla was appointed Director General of the company and of the school in March 1998, holding this position until 2004.[4] Frédéric Flamand was appointed artistic director in September 2004. Before this he had directed Charleroi Danses in Belgium from 1991 to 2004 and made that institution well known not only in Belgium but also internationally.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "History". Ballet National de Marseille. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  2. ^ Spencer Kaufman (July 11, 2011). "Pink Floyd Ballet Choreographer Roland Petit Dies". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  3. ^ Steele, Ross (2002). When in France, Do as the French Do. McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 27. ISBN 0844225525. 
  4. ^ Xavier Bonnin; Jean-François Rouchon; Jean-Paul Labourdette; Dominique Auzias; Marie-Madeleine Lauprete (2008). Le Petit Futé Corse. Petit Futé. p. 46. ISBN 274692112X. 
  5. ^ "Presentation". Charleroi Danses. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 

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