Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, was saddened to learn of the passing of Marie-Thérèse Allier, founder and director of the Ménagerie de Verre in Paris, a veritable laboratory of contemporary creation.

Marie-Thérèse Allier discovered classical dance at the age of 5 in Nancy, where she received first prize at the Conservatoire at the age of 13. She then began a dance career that led her to perform in the most important troupes of the time, with which she toured the world, such as Les Ballets des Champs Elysées or the company of Janine Charrat.

In the early 1980s, reading the collective work Dancing fools, published by the Collection Autrement, makes him discover the vitality of young French dance then in full swing and makes him want to develop a place dedicated to new choreographic writing.

This will be La Ménagerie de Verre, created in 1983. For nearly 40 years, and thanks to the constant commitment of Marie-Thérèse Allier, the Glass Menagerie is a space for living, teaching, research, creation and dissemination of shows, a singular factory of practices ” as she rightly defined it.

During all these years, Marie-Thérèse Allier welcomed the main French and foreign authors of the contemporary creation of the live show, some confirmed, some that she herself had discovered and accompanied. His curiosity and tireless commitment to artists and creation, as well as his irreverence and boldness, helped shape the face of contemporary dance.

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin extends her deepest condolences to her family, the Glass Menagerie team and her loved ones.