Since the Théâtre National Populaire was founded by Firmin Gémier in 1920, Chaillot has welcomed artists and audiences in a venue shaped by its architectural, historical and artistic dimensions, a theater that serves the wide diversity of creators and audiences. In 2000, Chaillot expanded its programming to include choreographic art and became, in 2008, the first National Theater “leading a project predominantly built around and from dance.” In 2016, it was named Chaillot-Théâtre national de la Danse.
Decree enacting the statutes of the Théâtre national de Chaillot: “The mission of the Théâtre national de Chaillot is to further contemporary theatrical and choreographic works. It can present any show – French or foreign – from the classical and modern repertoire, create any new work conducive to the cultural values of the widest and most diverse audiences, and organize any cultural and artistic event contributing to the fulfilment of its mission.”
Excerpts from the engagement letter submitted to Didier Deschamps, director of Théâtre national de Chaillot since July 1st, 2011: “I want you to carry forward your commitment to artistic creation, particularly choreographic art, by balancing established and up and coming artists. You will continue to focus your attention on the network of national choreographic centers as well as major French and international dance companies, particularly by developing the artist residency and association policy (…). In line with this programming, I invite you to pursue the cultural outreach programs and conceive new ones that will allow you to reach new audiences and facilitate their engagement with the works and artists.
More about our missions :
Fabrique Chaillot, creation support and experimentation lab
Exploring, discovering, searching, trying, going wrong, starting over, interacting, experimenting, and maybe sharing. That’s what la Fabrique Chaillot is all about and more.
Used specifically to host companies since 2017, the Béjart studio returns to its early purposes as a rehearsal, experimentation, research and brainstorming auditorium. It now features an innovative program – la Fabrique Chaillot – which meets a need expressed by artists to have more time to hone their artistic process without necessarily working toward the creation of a show. Support to companies within the Fabrique Chaillot program includes a financial contribution earmarked for each project, the provision of a working space and assistance from technical and administrative staff.
The Fabrique Chaillot also welcomes artists outside the theater’s premises, at Chapelle Sainte-Marie, a creation venue of the company La Baraka/Abou Lagraa in Annonay.
Recipient artists for the 2020/2021 season include Frédéric Cellé, Syhem Belkhodja, Shu-Yo Chou, Leïla Gaudin, Romual Kaboré
La Fabrique Chaillot is supported by the Fondation BNP Paribas
In addition to hosting French and foreign companies throughout the season, Chaillot-Théâtre national de la Danse produces shows created and premiered at the theater, and then tours them around the world. In 2020/2021, three shows by our associate artists will perform around the world for more than 100 performances. Chaillot travels to major international stages as well as across France’s regions with the support of accredited institutions to reach out to the largest number of audience members.
Along these lines, the pieces for young audiences YOOO!!! and Fables de la fontaine were created to be performed in theaters as well as other various venues not exclusively dedicated to the performing arts.
• Lia Rodrigues, Dominique Hervieu and Béatrice Massin, Fables à la fontaine
2020 Albi, Aubusson, Arcachon, Marseille, Lyon, Roubaix, Laon, Vélizy, Fort-de-France
2021 Goussainville, Douai, Alès, Valence, Choisy-le-Roi, Colombes, Mâcon, Château-Thierry, Mitry-Mory, Creil, Saint-Quentin, Fosses, Carcassonne, Noisiel, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Limoges, Valenciennes
• Emanuel Gat, YOOO !!!
2021 Miramas, Vernier (Suisse), Limoges, Lubersac, Bourganeuf, Feytiat, Marseille, Blanquefort
• Jann Gallois, Samsara
2020 Châtillon, Dreux
2021 Bourges, Bruxelles (Belgique), Annecy, Créteil, Beauvais