As opera and dance are closely linked, it was only natural for the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège to provide its support to the Mosa Ballet School, from the moment it opened, and its first pupils. Thus, the two institutions have concluded an agreement that makes them true artistic, educational and operational partners in the long term, with the common aim of teaching and spreading culture to the widest possible audience and through multiple channels.
This promising collaboration will involve the pupils from the Mosa Ballet School taking part as extras or dancers in performances at the opera house. In addition, the production of costumes and sets by the opera house’s workshops, the holding of the annual Mosa Ballet School Gala on the opera house’s stage, and various other forms of artistic and logistical cooperation will take place as the school develops.
A newcomer to the cultural and educational landscape of the Liège region, the Mosa Ballet School was created on the impetus of dance enthusiasts Benjamine De Cloedt and Damien Comeliau. Desiring to create a school that would offer young dancers between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to train at the highest level in the demanding and delicate art of dance, they chose Liège and the former National Bank building as the location for their project. Located on Place Saint-Paul, in the city centre of Liège, this exceptional modernist building, erected in 1968, has been completely renovated in order to adapt it to its new use.
The Mosa Ballet School will open its doors to its first pupils for the 2022-2023 academic year. With the declared ambition of becoming a world-class dance teaching establishment, it places excellence, openness to the world via a network of international collaborations with other dance schools and careful teaching supervision at the heart of its approach.