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les ballets C de la B | NTGent | Alain Platel | Frank Van Laecke
24 - 25 August 2015

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.

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  • Language: 
    Multilingual performance with English supertitles for some scenes
  • Running time: 
    1 hour and 30 minutes approximately (no interval)

Supported by

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les ballets C de la B


Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke Directors
Koen Haagdorens Dramaturg
Steven Prengels Composer and Musical Director
KMV De Leiezonen Music performance for soundscape

Cast includes Chris Thys, Griet Debacker, Hendrik Lebon, Wim Opbrouck, Gregory Van Seghbroeck (bass tuba), Jan D’Haene (trumpet), Jonas Van Hoeydonck (trumpet), Lies Vandeburie (bugle), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium), Simon Van Hueting (horn), Witse Lemmens (drums) and Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band


Find out more about Alain Platel and les ballets C de la B

Facebook: lesballetscdelab


Find out more about Frank Van Laecke

Photo: Stephan Vanfleteren

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Dress circle: £32 £25 £12 (RV)
Stalls: £32 £25 £18 £12
Upper circle: £18 £12

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot card holders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed: 50% off
Equity card holders: 50% off
MU card holders: 50% off