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Les Ballet C de la B archiveAlain Platel founded Les Ballets C. de B. in 1984. A dynamic dance and theatre collective, the company is renowned for its powerful theatrical dance performances. Les Ballet C de la B website.

Archive listings for Les Ballet C de la B

Work type: Dance or ballet.

Nicht Schlafen - T568554926

UK Premiere. The unclassifiable Alain Platel returns with nine dancers from his critically acclaimed contemporary ensemble les ballets C de la B, for the dark and moving nicht schlafen. Inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler and the time the composer lived in, Alain Platel draws parallels between the music and the troubled early years of the 20th century in Europe. Alain Platel's regular collaborator, Steven Prengels, uses African polyphonic chants, cowbells and the sounds of sleeping animals to create a surprising soundscape, and visual artist Berlinde De Bruyckere sculpts the startling image of the bodies of dead horses, piled up in a jumbled heap. This is a dance of life and death.
30 Jun 17 to 1 Jul 17Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0878051967

En avant, marche! - T01126894364

Alain Platel, the trailblazing founder and director of Belgian contemporary dance collective les ballets C de la B, makes his Edinburgh debut in a new music theatre work created with stage director Frank Van Laecke. They take as their starting point the rehearsal room of an amateur brass band in Flanders. As the ties that hold local communities together begin to loosen, these amateur ensembles offer a civic and collective nucleus, teaching people of all ages and from different walks of life to play together and march in the same direction. Founded in 1984, les ballets C de la B is one of the most influential performing arts companies in Europe. They have travelled the world with their eclectic mix of contemporary dance, text, theatre and music and have played a crucial role in the development of young artists. Performed in Flemish with English supertitles.Director Alain Platel. Director Frank van Laecke. Musical Director Steven Prengels. Music Steven Prengels. Performer Chris Thys. Performer Griet Debacker. Performer Hendrik Lebon. Performer Wim Opbrouck. Performer Gregory van Seghbroech.
24 Aug 15 to 25 Aug 15King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
listing details L1629405519

Badke - T197569308

Shubbak Festival. adke is inspired by dabke, a celebratory Palestinian folk dance. Belgian artists Koen Augustijnen, Rosalba Torres Guerrero (les ballets C de la B) and Hildegard De Vuyst (KVS) created this production in collaboration with ten Palestinian performers from different dance backgrounds, including traditional dabke, modern dance, hip-hop, capoeira and circus. Dabke is an infectious, inclusive and popular form of dance in Palestine and across the region. The 10 dancers of Badke turn it into thrilling, even anarchic theatre: an eruption of joy and an affirmation of belonging. Badke is an expression of both a sense of belonging and a desire to be part of the wider world.
14 Jul 15Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L0221074585

Alain Platel's tauberbach - T01006434960

This new creation was initiated by actress Elsie de Brauw, who asked Platel to make a performance using both dancers and actors. The starting point is Marco Prado's documentary Estamira, telling the story of a woman who suffers from schizophrenia and who lives and works in a Brazilian waste disposal site. She has developed her own very particular way of communicating with the small community she lives in, giving rise to the theme of the piece: how to live or even survive with dignity under nearly impossible circumstances.
8 Apr 14 to 9 Apr 14Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01770514549

Out of Context - T1964481762

In his latest work Out of Context, Platel continues this investigation, starting with the notion that the word ‘choreography’ is derived from ‘chorea’; a medical term referring to a disorder of the nervous system, the symptoms of which are sudden, rapid, uncontrolled and hysteric movements of the body. In contrast to the elaborate stage designs of recent works vsprs and pitié!, this intimate and intense piece is performed by nine dancers on an empty stage. Using only basic lighting and a soundtrack that will grow from the creative process, the absolute focus is given to the movement of the dancers and their relationship with the audience as the behavioural codes of both performer and spectator become intimately entwined.Choreographer Alain Platel.
17 Jun 10 to 18 Jun 10Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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8 May 10Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
listing details L1846489780

Primero - T1676660999

Argentinean dancer and choreographer Lisi Estaras has worked with les ballets C de la B for 12 years. Here she makes her UK choreographic debut with primero - a brand new work inspired by her own attempts to recall her childhood years. This intimate work mixes dance and text as the personal experiences of five performers are interweaved with children's stories. Intrigued by the way a child's mind can naturally jump from one thought to another, unpredictable and seemingly without logic, Estaras will attempt to translate this state into movement.Producer Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris). Producer TorinoDanza. Producer Grad Theatre de Luxembourg. Producer Goteborgs Dance. Producer Teater Festival. Producer Theatre les Tanneurs (Bruxelles). Design Wim van de Cappelle. Sound Sam Serruys. Lighting Kurt Lefevre. Costume Dorine Demuynck. Choreographer Lisi Estaras. Performer Berengere Bodin. Performer Benny Claessens. Performer Samuel Lefeuvre. Performer Vania Rovisco. Performer Nicolas Vladyslav.
5 May 10 to 7 May 10The Lilian Baylis Theatre, Inner London :: V236
listing details L540069598

Koaen Augustijnen - T2090020020

Les ballets C de la B return to Southbank Centre with their new creation Ashes. This piece looks at how people deal with mortality and what they are ready to do (or not) in order to keep hold of all that they have attained. It is about the duality of life and the battle between holding on to something, and the art and difficulty of letting go. Dancer and choreographer Koen Augustijnen collaborates with the composer Wim Selles, who has arranged music by Handel for the work. The evening also includes live performance by alto Steve Dugardin, in a duet with soprano Irene Carpentier, and five musicians.
26 Jun 09 to 27 Jun 09Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L0528479649

Ashes - T1436161652

One of the most popular international companies to visit Tramway returns with their latest production Ashes, performed to the music of Handel. Accompanied by five musicians, playing accordion, cello, lute, marimba/percussion and violin, eight amazing performers fuse dance and acrobatic skill to create a mesmerising meditation on impermanence.
11 May 09Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
listing details L01798869650
8 May 09 to 9 May 09The Tramway, Glasgow :: V621
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Import/Export - T0771479270

Performer Koen Augustijnen.
12 May 07 to 15 May 07Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L1246113309

VSPRS - T267219383

After the success of Wolf (the one with 14 dogs) in September 2004, Platel returns with his latest creation. A reinvention of Claudio Monteverdi's Maria Vespers, vsprs is a truly unique concoction of dance, theatre and music. For vsprs, he was inspired by the idea of improvisation and 'jamming'. What would happen if today's musicians were allowed to take Monteverdi's devotional music and improvise on it? Bringing together jazz, baroque and gypsy components, he does just that.Choreographer Alain Platel. Design Peter De Blieck. Performer Quan Bui Ngoc. Performer Emile Josse. Performer Melanie Lomoff. Performer Rosalbo Torres Guerrero. Performer Samuel Lefevre. Performer Mathieu Dessigne Ravel. Performer Ross McCormack. Performer Lisi Estarias. Performer Elie Tass. Performer Hyo Seung Ye. Performer Iona Kewney. Performer Juliana Neves.
3 May 07 to 5 May 07The Tramway, Glasgow :: V621
listing details L976458045
23 May 06 to 24 May 06Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L1626191657
17 May 06 to 20 May 06Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1848021070

Bache - T2024205636

Six buddies become one performance-body; the voice of a singer, the hands of a pianist and the limbs of the dancer. A quest for tenderness and tranquillity in a world of aggression; an emotional rollercoaster on a journey of fear. Countertenor [Steve Dugardin] sings the songs of Henry [Purcell] live on stage, accompanied by the pianist and composer [Guy Van Nueten]. Choreographer [Koen Augustijnen] leads an all male cast of dancers including [Tayeb Benamara], [Ghislain Malardier] and [Ted Stoffer]. b?che ingenuously blends contemporary dance, physical theatre, circus acrobatics and break-dancing with live music.Performer Koen Augustijnen. Performer Tayeb Benamara. Performer Ghislain Malardier. Performer Ted Stoffer. Performer Steve Dugardin (countertenor). Performer Guy Van Nueten (paino).
22 Sep 05 to 23 Sep 05Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L235747119

Wolf - T158830896

Featuring 19 musicians, 3 singers, 10 dancers and 14 dogs, Platel creates an amazing concoction of chamber music, opera and dance theatre. Platel fills the stage with characters on the edge of society. Each of these, who include a contortionist, an aerialist and two deaf performers, brings with them their own stories and dreams. These narratives are accompanied by a selection of [Mozar]t’s finest Arias performed by three international soloists and the [Klangforum Orchestra] from Vienna. Running time 2 hrs 20 minsChoreographer Alain Platel. Director Sylvain Cambreling (music).
9 Sep 04 to 11 Sep 04Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1739319883

Rien de Rien - T1106725369

Returning to London after its sell-out debut in February, 'Rien de Rien' plays with cliches and prejudices, with text and context, with true and false. Who may say what? Who may do what? Every movement becomes sacred or sacriligious an inescapable environment where banal movements and stories suddenly evolve into unintentional dance. Absurd situations turn out to be painfully real. Everyone fights against interpretation without ever knowing what others make of it. Regret for what you have not become? Desire to be someone else? The difference shows itself most clearly in perfect unison. What remains is every person's unique path. Virtuoso cellist Roel Dieltiens, a 58 year old ex-prima ballerina, a funky 15 year old girl, a Canadian/Jamaican story-teller, a Slovenian Christ-figure, a fiery schizophrenic, all of them visitors to a mosque. A place to pray to come to oneself or rather to deceive yourself? What do you want to be? What are you allowed to be? By whom? Why? A story, a memory, an image. Non, je ne regrette rien.
27 Nov 01 to 28 Nov 01Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L01386136173

9x9 - T156581185

Belgian dance performance company [Les Ballets C de la B] return to Glasgow's Tramway with a remarkable large scale project, 9x9 81 performers, aged chronologically from 1-81 have been recruited from the Glasgow area, to take part in this mathematically intriguing performance.
18 Oct 01 to 20 Oct 01The Tramway, Glasgow :: V621
listing details L196852288

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