Jarmo Penttila

Théâtre National de Chaillot, Advisor for programming Paris, France


Mr Penttila has been a program advisor for the National Theater of Chaillot in Paris, France, since September 2011. It is the only National Theatre (state owned, there are five in France), which is dedicated to dance.

In 2000-2011 he worked at the National Chorégraphiques Center; CCN Ballet de Lorraine, in Nancy, as artist advisor and was responsible for touring and rehearsals for new creations by international invited choreographers. He was responsible also for archives and dance films and videos for the center; making filming dance and editing for archives.

From 1982-2000 he worked as a dancer and a teacher in contemporary dance in France.

In 1982 he graduated from University of Dance of State of Sweden, Stockholm.

In 2006 he was awarded by the State of France the “Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres”.

Curatorial statement

I am looking to present Australian and New Zealand contemporary dance companies in our venues.

We present contemporary dance performances in our two venues:

  • “salle Vilar”: 12000 seats ( stage 18m large x 16m deep)
  • “salle Gémier”: 390 seats, a black-box theater ( stage 17m large x 10m deep / or non-seating in black-box 17m large x 25m deep).Re-opening September 2017.

We have residency artists and associated artists:
For short- residency (one month) in the studio “salle Béjart” (10m x 20m).
For long- term residencies / associated artists for two years, now four artists:

Anne Nguyen (hip hop, 2016) and Rosio Molina (new-flamenco), Lia Rodrigues (Brasil) and Olivier Letellier (metteur en scène).

We also co-produce dance and theatre programs. We have 80% dance and 20% theatre presentation in a year. We have about 360 performances a year with about 35-40 productions. 50% French companies and 50% foreigner countries. The Theatre national of Chaillot organized a one week “Australian Focus” in June 2015, presenting three companies: Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre, and Stephanie Lake. And later also Antony Hamilton.

I am looking forward to presenting more Australian and New Zealand contemporary dance companies in the future 2018-2019.

Dates attending Dance Massive: 12 – 26 March


Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts