Who is he, the new director?
Born north of Paris M. Le Riche was educated at the Paris Opera school and entered the company after six years. Rudolf Nurejev had just arrived in the house and opened it to many new choreographers. This enabled the young Nicolas to make fast progress through the many stages to become étoile. That is the hierarchy of the Paris Opera.
Nurejev gave him many parts to dance, he also met French choreographers such as Maurice Béjart and Roland Petit whom he considers as his “father in dance”. A great many significant choreographers passed Paris during the time of Nicolas le Riche's career, William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins, Jiri Kylian and Mats Ek to mention a few.
In 2014 he left the Paris Opera to educate himself in company administration at the university of Strasbourg. The year after he worked with a private corporation and founded an art school at the Théatre des Champs Elysées.
His work with the school will now be handed over to others, as being director of a ballet company leaves no spare time.
He also made several choreographies for the Paris Opera and other companies.
The inspiration for his own works he explained, came from his own box of ideas and notes. He mentioned Nijinskij as a great source of inspiration.
Inspiration could come from paintings, films, music or books. The notes could then develop into something more concrete.
Answering the question if he has any favorites among choreographers he says that dance must be diversity, a rainbow of different expressions. No favorites, because the encounter with a choreographer should be a dialogue and an exchange. With an open mind there will always be an experience, you always learn something.
Having said that Mr. Le Riche emphasizes that he has not come to Stockholm to make his own choreography.