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Maud Le Pladec, named as Director of Dance for the four ceremonies of the Games of Paris 2024 and choreographer of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

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With fewer than 40 days to go until the start of the Games, Paris 2024 is joining forces with Thomas Jolly, Artistic Director of the Ceremonies, to introduce a new member of the artistic team that has been working for many months now to prepare the four Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. After Victor le Masne, Musical Director of the Paris 2024 Ceremonies, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 is proud to announce the choice of Maud Le Pladec, renowned choreographer and director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans, as Director of Dance for the Paris 2024 Ceremonies and choreographer of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

 

As part of Thomas Jolly’s team, Maud Le Pladec is responsible for defining the choreographic vision for the ceremonies, creating original pieces and working with other great names in dance to create the artistic tableaux for the four Paris 2024 ceremonies.

“I am delighted to share with you my choice of Maud Le Pladec as Director of Dance for the Paris 2024 Ceremonies. Dance, as a universal language, will play a key role in the ceremonies. And it’s because Maud explores all dance cultures through her own creations that I wanted to invite her to join my team. Her artistic vision, combined with her experience and expertise, make her an invaluable ally in choosing the various choreographers who will work on the ceremonies. Her work is characterised by a unique ability to fuse modernity and raw emotion, combined with a chiselled crafting of bodies in space, transforming the natural setting of the banks of the Seine into a living stage. Her contribution as choreographer and director of the Ballet de Lorraine promises to make each performance an unforgettable moment, worthy of these exceptional events.” Thomas Jolly, Artistic Director of the Paris 2024 Ceremonies

“Dance is an integral part of the Paris 2024 project, in particular with breaking as a new discipline, as well as the Olympic Opening Ceremony, a fully living spectacle that will bring together hundreds of dancers representing all styles to enhance the athletes’ parade. Entrusting the direction of dance for the four ceremonies of the Games of Paris 2024 and the choreography of the Olympic Opening Ceremony to Maud Le Pladec, one of the most acclaimed choreographers and dancers of her generation, is also a bold choice that is consistent with our vision of ‘Games wide open’. A proponent of an open vision of this art and committed to gender equality , Maud Le Pladec will bring her talent, experience and convictions to work alongside Thomas Jolly to come up with strong, original artistic concepts that we can’t wait to share with you.” Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024

“I am honoured and excited by this incredible opportunity to contribute to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024. This is a unique opportunity to highlight the richness and diversity of contemporary dance on a world stage with Paris as an original setting. Through dance in all its forms, I hope to convey emotions and leave a mark on the hearts and minds of all the spectators and viewers”, said Maud Le Pladec.

 

Biography of Maud Le Pladec

Maud Le Pladec is a choreographer who has directed the Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans since 2017. She began as a dancer at the CCN in Montpellier, then created her first pieces in 2010, before taking over as director of the Orléans-based institution. In 2016 she worked at the Opéra national de Paris with Thomas Jolly on his staging of the opera Eliogabalo.

At the CCN d’Orléans, Maud Le Pladec’s project is open to all forms of dance and geared towards young creators. Her pieces offer a contemporary dance that combines popular and learned cultures. In Silent Legacy, presented at the Festival d’Avignon in 2021, she features a 10-year-old dancer who practices krump, an urban dance form born in Los Angeles. The common thread running through Maud Le Pladec’s work is her strong commitment to gender equality and her attachment to music, the visual arts and text. She is a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters and of the National Order of Merit. She will be the new director of the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine from January 2025.