Choreographer Blanca Li has decided to become president of La Villette

The 60-year-old dancer, director and actress has worked with big names in cinema, music and fashion such as Pedro Almodovar, Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Daft Punk.

Franco-Spanish choreographer Blanca Li has been chosen to become the president of the public establishment of the park and Grande halle de la Villette in Paris, the Ministry of Culture announced in a press release on Friday.

Blanca Li was originally appointed as a member of the facility’s board of directors by Culture Minister Rachida Dati, the press release states. “for the purpose of (him) being appointed by the President of the Republic to the presidency of the public establishment on the proposal of the board of directors.”

“Faithful to the great representatives who make the artistic reputation and popular success of the park and the Grande halle de la Villette »choreographer, dancer, director and actress, 60 years old, “has the ambition to further open programming to digital creation, fashion and urban art and especially hip hop”, indicates the ministry. He also plans to “consolidate the place of youth” AND “the population furthest from culture”. He who choreographed and directed ballets, operas and musicals, directed three feature films and collaborated with big names in cinema, music and fashion (Pedro Almodovar, Daft Punk, Paul McCartney, Beyoncé, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel…) was director of Teatros del Canal in Madrid until December.

Julien Bargeton, President of the City of Architecture and Heritage

In a separate press release, the ministry also announced the appointment of Julien Bargeton as president of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, which notably includes the museum, library and archive center.

At the age of 51, Julien Bargeton was a member of the Socialist Party, then La République en Marche, a member of the Paris Council from 2017 to 2020, a senator of Paris from 2017 to 2023 and vice-president of the Culture Commission. As of July 2021, he is a regional councilor for Ile-de-France. He will replace Catherine Chevillot from 2021 to 2024. Blanca Li will replace Didier Fusillier, who was appointed president of the Réunion des musées nationalaux and Grand Palais at the end of August.

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