Lionel Hoche was born in 1964 in Paris and in 1978 began his dance studies at the Paris Opera Ballet School.
He joined the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1983, where he danced under the direction of Jiri Kylian. During his six years with the company, he also collaborated with or danced pieces by other prestigious choreographers such as William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Jerome Robbins, Hans van Manen, Jose Limon, Uwe Scholz...
Lionel Hoche undertook his first choreographic work in 1988, "U should Have Left the Light on", for the Nederlands Dans Theater II - work that was subsequently performed by the Companhia de Dança de Lisboa, the Nomades le Loft Vevey company and the Balleto del'Opera di Roma.
In 1989 Lionel Hoche joined Astrakan, Daniel Larrieu's company, with whom he danced until 1991. In 1992 he became Larrieu's assistant for Attentat Poétique, created for the Paris Opera Ballet.
Lionel Hoche founded his own company that same year and presented "Prière de tenir la main courante" at the International Cannes Dance Festival, who commissioned and produced this work.
From 1998-2002 Cie Lionel Hoche was the resident dance company at the Esplanade Opera Theatre in Saint-Etienne, then from 2005 until 2008 in Maison de la Musique in Nanterre, from 2010 to 2013 in Opera de Massy, from 2013 til 2016 in Centre des Arts in Enghien les Bains. The company just began a new collaboration with two cities: Villetaneuse and Pierrefitte sur Seine.
Lionel Hoche has worked as a freelance choreographer for various companies since 1990. Much in demand, he has created over eighty new commissioned works for more than thirty of Europe and Asia's most prestigious ballets, such as the Paris Opera Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater, the Batsheva Dance Company, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Zurich Ballet, the National Ballet of Finland, the Compañia Nacional de Danza (Madrid), the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Ballet Philippines...
Besides his choreographic work, he began a personal study of fine art in 1988, and since 1992 designs the set for some of his choreographies.
In January 2002, Lionel Hoche received the distinction of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture, a knighthood for his contribution to the promotion of dance in France and abroad.
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