As dancer Cédric Andrieux prepares to take over the director of the Lyon Opera Ballet, the institution announced that it has been forced to cancel all performances of On purge Bébé! the last Philippe Boesmans opera, initially scheduled for 5 to 17 June 2023. Following a Board of Directors meeting on 12 April, decisions were taken to limit the 2023 deficit; subsidy cuts, the energy crisis, inflation and the social crisis linked to the pension reform have impacted the activity of the Lyon Opera, as it is already the case in many French houses. In this gloomy context, let us nevertheless welcome Cédric Andrieux, who has held the position of Director of Dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris since 2018, after having spent nearly ten years as a dancer in Merce Cunningham’s company.
(c) Jean-Louis Fernandez