Yuval Pick

Director and


“My choreographic research is guided by the idea that each human being has innate knowledge that dance has the power to unveil.”

After an extensive career as a choreographer, dancer and teacher, Yuval Pick was appointed director of the National Choreographic Center in Rillieux-la-Pape in August 2011.

He studied at the Bat-Dor Dance School in Tel Aviv, then joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 1991. Four years later he started working as a guest artist with Tero Saarinen, Carolyn Carlson and Russell Maliphant, among others. In 1999 he joined the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Lyon, and founded his own company, The Guests, in 2002.

Upon his arrival at the National Choreographic Center, Yuval Pick founded a new dance company and developed a rich repertoire of works characterized by their elaborate vocabulary of movement, featuring music by major international composers.

Key dates


Creates Vocabulary of Need for 8 dancers for the Théâtre – Scène Nationale in Saint-Nazaire, and There’s a Bluebird in my Heart for 8 dancers, commissioned by the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon.

Named Honorary Life Member of the Tero Saarinen Company.

Creates Acta est fabula for the Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse, and Flowers Crack Concrete for the Passerelles project (a group of young Palestinian, Israeli and French dancers).


Creates the project Hydre for the Monastère Royal de Brou as part of Monuments en mouvement #2.

Creates eddies for the Kazuo Ohno festival in Yokohama, followed by Are Friends Electric?, a piece for 6 dancers based on the music of Kraftwerk.


Creates Apnée (corps vocal), a piece for 4 dancers and 6 singers in partnership with Samuel Sighicelli and Spirito – Choirs and soloists in Lyon.

Yuval Pick is awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Jean-Jack Queyranne.


Creates the duet loom based on music by Nico Muhly, and Ply, a piece for 5 dancers with American composer Ashley Fure for the ManiFeste festival organised by Ircam.


Offers The Him to the Ballet du Rhin repertoire.


Creates No Play Hero based on music by composer David Lang for Les Subsistances in Lyon.

Creates Folks, a piece for 7 dancers for the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon and the Théâtre National in Chaillot.

Appointed director of the Centre Chorégraphique National in Rillieux-la-Pape.

Creates the trio Score for Les Subsistances and the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin; the trio PlayBach at the invitation of Carolyn Carlson; and The Him for the junior contemporary ballet section of the CNSMD in Paris.