BAM Affiliation Théâtre de la Ville was created in 1968 under the auspices of the City of Paris. Dedicated to “art in the diversity of its theatrical, choreographic, and musical forms,” as stated by its founder, Jean Mercure, Théâtre de la Ville has over the years become one of the most important cultural landmarks in Paris, mostly through its multidisciplinary and international dance and music productions. With its two venues—a 1,000-seat hall in the heart of Paris and the more intimate 400-seat theater in Montmartre—Théâtre de la Ville offers close to 100 different programs each season.
Its current artistic director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, the youngest ever to be appointed to the position, was recently awarded with France’s highest honor, the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. Demarcy-Mota has further diversified Théâtre de la Ville’s audience by introducing productions in foreign languages, educational activities, and programs for young people. Théâtre de la Ville made its BAM debut with Rhinoceros (Next Wave 2012).