Lacompagnie Lionel Hoche


MéMé BaNjO

Aged 52, Lionel Hoche is undoubtedly one of France's most promising and talented young choreographers. Since 1989, he has gleaned a wealth of experience both with his company and further afield, as guest choreographer for many of Europe's major international companies. This activity is not only due to his insatiable appetite for his work and passion for dance but also to his rich and atypical professional career. His debuts in classical dance at the Paris Opera Ballet School, his six years as an interpreter with Jiri Kylian's company in the Netherlands followed by Daniel Larrieu's French-based contemporary dance group... versatility combined with his acclaimed savoir-faire have made Lionel Hoche an extremely attractive trump card to play.
All these factors have lead him to collaborate on over fifty projects for some thirty companies (including MéMé BaNjO) in Europe and the Far East, and he is today one of France's most sought-after choreographers.
A few like to classify Hoche's dance, attributing a neo-classical label to his work, and his experience as a choreographer for many 'neo-classical' companies is probably to blame. However most (including Hoche himself!) are unanimous in their analysis: Lionel Hoche has used his wealth of experience, without denying his past, to create a choreographic vocabulary that is unique, personal and in constant evolution, therefore contemporary. His dance is often qualified as sensual, intimate, tender, and plays on a kinetic and a deconstructed or even dis-'jointed' vision of a sometimes too-vigorous perception of the body. His work demands an extremely high-level of technique from his interpreters, yet is always attentive and respectful of a human body all too often forced into shape.
A rigorous artist with an eye for form and volume (he sometimes designs the sets for his pieces), Lionel Hoche pays particular attention to the aesthetic environment of his pieces, his choices of performers, light and costume designers alike often referred to as astute and even outstanding.
In 1992, The company MéMé BaNjO was founded (in reference to his grandmother, a Parisian lady of character and influence in the Hoche family, and particularly so for Lionel).

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75009 Paris

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MéMé BaNjO


L'histoire du soldat

January 2019, 11th and 12th
Théâtre de Vanves


March 2019, 12th till 15th
Théâtre du Vellein - Villefontaine
April 2019, 7th and 8th
Biennale RVBn - Bron
April 2019, 28th and 29th
Stereolux - Nantes

L'histoire du soldat

May 2019, 21st
Théâtre Brétigny


The company MéMé BaNjO is now in a long term residency over two cities: Villetaneuse and Pierrefitte sur Seine, for three years. Creations, performances, outdoor events, and many other projects are part of this new adventure, bringing contemporary dance towards new audiences.
Lionel Hoche has created a new work for 7 dancers for the company in 2016, "MOB". This work was turned into a full evening piece in 2017 and is tourning again next season.
The young audience trio M.M.O will also be tourning some more for the 4th year, more than a hundred shows!
Also, the company has just premiered a new duet (dance/music). This work, "samedicarrément" mixes dance, music, singing and theatre in a crazy poetic work inspired by childhood.
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