The Israeli dancer and choreographer Yuval Pick was appointed director last week of France’s Centre Choregraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape. Pick, 40, will replace choreographer Maguy Marin, who has held the position since 1998, in August.
CCN Rillieux-la-Pape, in the Rhone-Alpes region, is one of 19 such centers established around France in the 1980s in order to promote dance in outlying areas. Each is headed by a leading dance figure who produces their own works, and is responsible for a range of activities, including hosting guest choreographers and dance companies, promoting dance and organizing lessons and workshops.
In a conversation with Haaretz Pick said he was happy about the appointment, which he views as a validation of his creative work.
“This will enable me to carry out significant work, based on my own language of movement, and act to enhance the place of dance in contemporary society,” Pick said. He said the center has a staff of more than 10 and features four rehearsal studios as well as a performance hall.
Pick was one of dozens who applied for the position in October. Five finalists were selected in December, each of whom presented their artistic vision to a committee of experts. Pick, who presented a detailed work plan, emerged as the lead candidate.
The selection process received much media attention, after one of the judges, who recommended a candidate who specializes in hip-hop, argued that the center’s director should be a representative of the area’s North African community.
Pick’s appointment was formally approved by France’s Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterrand, last Monday.
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