Yuval Pick

My research is guided by the idea that each person holds an innate knowledge that dance has the power to reveal.
Yuval Pick

Appointed to head the Centre Chorégraphique National (CCN) of Rillieux-la-Pape in August 2011, Yuval Pick has a long career as a performer, teacher and choreographer. Trained at the Bat-Dor Dance School in Tel Aviv, he joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 1991, which he left in 1995 to embark on an international career with artists such as Tero Saarinen, Carolyn Carlson and Russel Maliphant. He joined the Lyon National Opera Ballet in 1999 before founding his own company, The Guests, in 2002.

Since then, he has created pieces marked by an elaborate writing of the movement, accompanied by important collaborations with musical composers and where, in a form of ritual, the dance proposes a balance constantly questioned between the individual and the group.

Yuval Pick © Sébastien Erôme


2023 - 2002

Silver Rosa, Yuval Pick, création 2023 © Sébastien Erôme

Creates Silver Rosa, a piece for 10 dancers, co-produced by La Biennale de la danse de Lyon, Château Rouge in Annemasse and Le Toboggan in Décines-Charpieu.

There's a blue bird in my heart, Yuval Pick © Charlène Bergeat

Creates There's a Blue bird in my heart, a piece for 8 dancers, commissioned for the Lyon Opera Ballet.

FutureNow, Yuval Pick © Marco Pavone

Creates FutureNow, a piece for 4 dancers at the Centre Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois - Trois C-L.

Creates Bugger for 40 dancers at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

Vocabulary of need, Yuval Pick © Romain Tissot

Creates Vocabulary of need for 8 dancers at the Théâtre - Scène Nationale de Saint-Nazaire.

Creates Terrone, solo for Marco Merenda, as part of Danser Encore, a commission for the Lyon Opera Ballet.

Creates Pazaz - ici ça danse, a piece in situ for 3 to 4 dancers.

Yuval Pick © Sébastien Erôme

Named an honorary life member of the Tero Saarinen Company.

Acta est fabula © Laurent Philippe

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

Hydre aux Usines Fagor (2021) © Blandine Soulage

Creates Hydre at the Monastère Royal de Brou for Monuments en mouvement #2.

Are friends electric, Yuval Pick (2015) © Sébastien Erôme

Creates eddies for the Kazuo Ohno festival in Yokohama.

Creates Are friends electric? a piece for 6 dancers around the music of Kraftwerk.

Creates Apnée (corps vocal), a piece for 4 dancers and 6 singers in collaboration with Samuel Sighicelli and Spirito - Chœurs et solistes de Lyon.

Jean-Jack Queyranne awarded him the insignia of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Loom, Yuval Pick © Amandine Quillon

Creates the duet loom on the music of Nico Muhly.

Creates Ply, a piece for 5 dancers with the American composer Ashley Fure for the Manifeste festival of Ircam.

The Him, Yuval Pick © DR

Transmits The Him to the repertoire of the Ballet du Rhin

No Play Hero, Yuval Pick © DR

Creates No play hero around the music of composer David Lang at Les Subsistances in Lyon.

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

CCNR © Jean-Marie Refflé

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

Score, Yuval Pick © Laurent Philippe

Creates the trio Score at Les Subsistances.

Creates the trio PlayBach at the invitation of Carolyn Carlson at the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin.

Creates The Him for the Junior Ballet-Contemporary Section of the CNSMD in Paris.


Creates Violet with students of the Montreal School of Contemporary Dance, performed /Paon/ at the Palucca Tanz Studio Project in Dresden.

17 Drops, Yuval Pick © Xavier Boyer

Creates the duet 17 drops at La Maison de la Danse de Lyon and the solo Living in pieces for La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, then /Paon/ for the Junior Ballet de Genève.


Creates Look white inside at Le Toboggan in Décines-Charpieu and at the Cannes International Dance Festival.

Strand Behind, Yuval Pick © DR

Creates Strand behind for the Agora Festival of IRCAM and the CNSMD Lyon. Presents From a turtle's diary at the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon.

Trio, Yuval Pick © DR
2005 and before

Creates the program Tuning with Popular music and the solo Evol (2005).

Creates the trio Compass at Le Toboggan in Décines-Charpieu and Le Sacre for the Ballet de Lorraine (2004).

Creates the company The Guests in Lyon and creates the solo Cotton crown for the Venice Biennale at the invitation of Carolyn Carlson (2002).