The present Lyon Opera Ballet was established in 1984 when Françoise Adret was invited to create a new ballet company committed to contemporary choreographers. Upon Ms. Adret’s retirement in December 1991, Yorgos Loukos (the company’s associate artistic director since its beginnings) was appointed as director, a role he continues to fill today. In 1987, the company made its U.S. debut with a two-week New York engagement of Maguy Marin’s Cendrillon, an instant success. As France’s most well-traveled ballet troupe, the company has subsequently made twenty cross-country tours of the United States, including two Jacob’s Pillow engagements. Committed to showcasing contemporary choreography, Lyon Opera Ballet has acquired and commissioned ballets by a wide range of international dance makers, including many prominent Americans.