A Wound With Teeth and Phantom by Holly Blakey

Chaillot National Dance Theatre

Until April 5, 2025

No dialogue


Chaillot National Dance Theatre
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre - 75016 Paris
Capacity 390 seats


1 hour

No intermission


Contemporary dance

For all audiences

No dialogue

HIGHLIGHTS: A Wound with Teeth and Phantom by Holly Blakey

It's a theatre that few visitors to Paris know about, yet it is located at the most visited spot in Paris. Its entrance is to the left of the Trocadero esplanade, looking up at the aptly named Iron Lady: the Eiffel Tower.
You enter through a heavy wrought-iron glass door. Once through the door, you climb a monumental staircase that leads you to the colonnaded Grand Foyer.


Here, prepare your eyes... The most beautiful view of Paris awaits you.


The huge glass walls of the Grand Foyer look directly out onto the gardens and fountains of the Trocadéro... and the greatest attraction in Paris: the Eiffel Tower.
The effect is spectacular, especially when the great Iron Lady shines with a thousand lights, filling the Grand Foyer with countless sparkling rays.


Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse is not only one of the best-located theatres in Paris, but also offers an incredible programme of dance: its purpose is to bring dance to a wide audience for them to discover and appreciate. The greatest French, European and international choreographers present their recent creations here.


Don’t miss your chance to see A Wound with Teeth and Phantom by Holly Blakey at this prestigious venue!



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STORY: A Wound with Teeth and Phantom by Holly Blakey

Holly Blakey, choreographer and director, presents two astonishing and highly personal creations at Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse: A Wound With Teeth and Phantom.


A Wound With Teeth draws its inspiration from a period of memory loss experienced by Blakey. The work explores the creative possibilities of forgetting, and questions our capacity to remember, imagine and invent. The piece, conceived as a nursery rhyme, plays on the pleasure of repetition and conjures up a fantastic and often frightening world, with live music composed by Gwilym Gold.


Phantom, a more intense piece, deals with a painful chapter in Blakey's life: her miscarriage. Performed by 10 dancers in brightly-coloured leotards, the powerful choreography fuses synchronized movements with the twitching of seated bodies. This work, commissioned by the London Contemporary Dance School in 2021, is an embodiment of that which did not come to be, set to a highly electric soundtrack.

Holly Blakey, whose work has attracted the attention of the music and fashion worlds, has collaborated with artists such as Rosalía and Florence + The Machine. Her work, inspired by social dances, is an explosive mix of personal experiences, collective emotions, and sensitive messages. These pieces are sure to leave you with a heart full of emotion.


An unforgettable experience included with your ticket!

The icing on the cake… Your ticket includes the Chaillot Experience, offered by the theatre!
This experience provides you the chance to enjoy a host of artistic activities linked to the artists in show or their creative worlds.


Exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances, meetings and concerts are all on the programme for the evening.
Don't hesitate! Give free rein to your curiosity and make the most of the Chaillot Experience.


On April, Friday 4 and Saturday 5th, 2025, come and enjoy the Chaillot experience. It's a great way to discover performances and workshops combining dance, music, fashion and photography. Chaillot Expérience will explore the close relationship between fashion and contemporary dance in its most recent manifestations, giving rise to dazzling works of our time.


The show will be performed in the Salle Gémier followed by the Chaillot Expérience.


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Chaillot National Dance Theatre

1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre - 75016 Paris

History and Fun Facts about Chaillot National Dance Theatre

Picture the scene: you’re on the Trocadero esplanade, facing the Eiffel Tower. Two splendid buildings frame your stunning surroundings – the Palais de Chaillot. In the Palais’ left wing is the current Théâtre national de la Danse, which offers two delightful halls including the Salle Jean Vilar, which can hold 1,200 people and is currently being renovated. It will re-open in September 2026. The other, called the Salle Firmin Gémier, seats 390 spectators. The two halls are accessed by an impressive and majestic staircase leading to the colonnaded foyer.


At the staircase’s cusp, a splendid surprise. The Grand Foyer boasts enormous glass walls that offer a panoramic view of Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower, as surrounded by the Trocadéro gardens and sublime fountains, not to mention the École Militaire. It’s a truly breathtaking view, the depth of which is rivalled only by that of the building’s long and storied history.


The Palais de Chaillot was built on the Chaillot hill for the Universal Exhibition. Originally devoted to the art of dance, it later became a multidisciplinary venue dedicated to hosting theatre, dance, and musical performances. Over the years, a host of renowned artists have performed at the Chaillot. Prestigious dance companies such as the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, the Ballet National de Marseille, and the Ballet Preljocaj have all presented their breathtaking creations there. Great names in French theatre such as Jean Vilar, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Ariane Mnouchkine have also left their mark on the history of this prestigious venue.


In present day, the Chaillot National Dance Theatre is entirely devoted to the production and performance of dance pieces, and regularly hosts internationally recognised companies. Its diverse programme showcases contemporary and classical works alike, whilst encouraging artistic expression, innovation, and creativity in the same breath. Whether you’re a dance lover or you’re looking to see your very first show, we urge you to visit this theatre for a performance and a view like no other. The highlight of this unique venue is indubitably the gentle glow of the unparalleled Eiffel Tower, which illuminates the Grand Foyer with its warm light. Even Emily in Paris hasn’t had the privilege of enjoying this quintessentially Parisian experience!


Fast facts
Capacity: Salle Jean Vilar: 1200 seats / Salle Firmin Gémier: 390 seats.
Handicap Accessible: Yes. For wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility, an accessible entrance can be found via the Jardins du Trocadéro: Avenue Albert 1er de Monaco. Those with reduced mobility, are able to descend a few steps, and already have their ticket are invited to enter via the Trocadéro entrance, then take an escalator to reach the halls. If you require the accessibility services, please let us know at hello@theatreinparis.com so that we can inform the theatre staff, who will give you a warm welcome.
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to Chaillot National Dance Theatre in the 16th arrondissement of Paris?

The Chaillot National Dance Theatre is accessible by:
Metro: Line 6 (station Trocadéro), ligne 9 (station Trocadéro)
Address: 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris
In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

What do I do when I get to Chaillot National Dance Theatre?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the evening dedicated to Holly Blakey, and present your voucher at the front desk. Chaillot National Dance Theatre’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
In the event of a delay, spectators will be allowed entrance to the theatre but seating in the purchased category is not guaranteed.

How long do the dance shows, A Wound With Teeth and Phantom by Holly Blakey, last?

The dance shows A Wound With Teeth and Phantom by Holly Blakey, at Chaillot National Dance Theatre lasts approximately 1 hour, with no intermission.

Are the dance pieces by Holly Blakey for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Chaillot National Dance Theatre welcomes audiences from all over the world! Dance is a universal language, therefore, the dance pieces, A Wound With Teeth and Phantom by Holly Blakey, are accessible to anyone from any corner of the world.

Can I choose my seat when booking?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to choose your seat when booking for the evening dedicated to Holly Blakey. However, you can choose the category and we will allocate you the best seats in the chosen category!
Please note that tickets of the same category that are booked during the same purchase session, in the same booking order on our website are always assigned side by side. To be sure of this, make sure all of your tickets are in the same category and are included in your shopping cart at the time of purchase.
You can find the seating plan in the theatre’s "photo" section on this page.
If there are no available adjacent seating arrangements, our customer service team will contact you before the booking is confirmed.

Is there a dress code at Chaillot National Dance Theatre?

There is no specific dress code at Chaillot National Dance Theatre, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire.