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Mission statement

© Grégoire Korganow

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.

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