French dancer and choreographer Lionel Hoche made his Royal Opera debut in 2010, creating the choreography for Manon, directed by Laurent Pelly. He has since returned to work on Robert le diable, also directed by Pelly.
Hoche was born in Paris and studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School. He joined Netherlands Dans Theater as a dancer in 1983, and worked with many leading choreographers. He went on to work with Daniel Larrieu’s contemporary dance group in France, and in 1992 formed his own company, MéMé BaNjO, now known as Compagnie Lionel Hoche. The company is based in Paris and tours widely, in addition to holding several residencies at theatres in Paris and beyond.
As a freelance choreographer, Hoche has created works for companies including the Paris Opera Ballet, Netherlands Dans Theater, Batsheva Dance Company, Monte Carlo Ballet, Zürich Ballet, National Ballet of Finland, the Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon and the Ballet du Grand Théâtre du Genève. Hoche has also worked as an opera choreographer for companies including Opéra de Lyon, Metropolitan Opera, New York, and La Scala, Milan, and for the Saito Kinen Festival. He was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres in 2002.