Simone Mousset

BAL is inspired by the lives of two of the biggest figures in the history of Luxembourg folk dancing; the sisters, Josephine and Claudine Bal. Born in Broderbour, Luxembourg, in the 1920s, the BAL sisters danced and developed folk dancing, founding the Luxembourg National Folklore Ballet in 1962. During the short but impressive run of their company, they created various very successful folklore ballets which were performed in Luxembourg and internationally.

Interpreted by Simone Mousset and Elisabeth Schilling, accompanied on the accordion by Maurizio Spiridigliozzi, this creation draws on in-depth documentation from international archives and unique testimonies from contemporaries of the Bal family and former dancers from the troupe. Thanks to these testimonies and the archivists from international theatres, it has been possible to rebuild parts of the company’s original repertory. An integral part of the performance, these scenes give an amazing insight into this, largely forgotten, Luxembourg cultural heritage. Mainly in English, this piece is accompanied by a rare exhibition centred on the company’s work.

Find the biography of Simone Mousset HERE

BAL Trailer from Simone Mousset on Vimeo.


Concept and direction: Simone Mousset
Developed and performed by: 
Simone Mousset, Elisabeth Schilling
Maurizio Spiridigliozzi
Costumes: Mélanie Planchard
With the support of: 
Fonds culturel national Luxembourg et SACEM Luxembourg
Financial support: TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois, Mierscher Kulturhaus, FOCUNA – Fonds Culturel National