tauberbach. f.l. Lisi Estaras, Eli Tass, Ross McCormack, Elsie de Brauw, Bérengère Bodin

© Julian Röder

The 10 Selected Productions


By Alain Platel
Münchner Kammerspiele / les ballets C de la B, Gent / NT Gent

World premiere 17 January 2014

  • 1h 30, no interval
  • In English (language no problem)

Past Dates

Public discussion 11 May 2014, following the performance
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Bar
with the ensemble and Andreas Wilink (jury)
Moderation Tobi Müller
In English

A woman pushes through a mountain of clothes. It is the refuse of the civilization she lives in. She isn’t only fighting this heap of rags; she’s also battling a voice that bullies her. The voice we hear is the voice in her head. The woman, played by Elsie de Brauw, is rebelling against marginalization and self-hatred; She is rough, vulgar and forceful. The other figures, dancers who emerge from the chaos of clothes, help her. But not by protecting her: They challenge her, provoke her and integrate her into their wild games, their rude caresses and their surprising humour. Choreographer Alain Platel doesn’t tell a continuous story; He and his company show us a universe at the edges of our perception, in which the logic of our senses is suspended. Like the music of the deaf singers whose Bach cantatas accompany this evening, beauty, harmony and perfection follow their own laws in this cosmos, developing a power of caritas that is impossible to elude.


Directed by / concept Alain Platel
Stage design Alain Platel, Les ballets C de la B
Costume design Teresa Vergho
Musical concept Steven Prengels
Sound design Bart Uyttersprot
Lighting design Carlo Bourguignon
Dramaturgy Koen Tachelet, Hildegard de Vuyst

By and with
Bérengère Bodin
Elsie de Brauw
Lisi Estaras
Ross McCormack
Elie Tass
Romeu Runa

Co-production: Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris; Opéra Lille; KVS Brussels, TorinoDanza, Turin; La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Genf