Four New Works from Lucinda Childs

Chaillot National Dance Theatre

Until March 22, 2025

No dialogue

Location

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

Duration

1 hour

No intermission


Details

Dance

For all audiences

No dialogue


HIGHLIGHTS: FOUR NEW WORKS BY LUCINDA CHILDS

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 the four latest creations by Lucinda Childs, a legendary figure in contemporary dance. A highly anticipated event.

STORY: FOUR NEW WORKS BY LUCINDA CHILDS

Lucinda Childs, a leading figure in American contemporary dance, is renowned for her minimalist style, defined by geometric rigour, precision and repetitious of movement. Inspired by the work of composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass, she has developed a unique choreographic approach that explores the relationship between the body, space and time.

 

Her choreographic vocabulary is characterised by clean lines, precise movements and a minimalist use of scenic elements. The dancers often move in geometric formations, tracing rectilinear paths and repeating simple motifs with a highly mathematical rigour. Their movements are stripped of superfluous embellishments, as each movement is invested with a precise meaning and intention.

 

Lucinda Childs' creations are characterised by an exploration of perception and temporality. The repetition and subtle variation of choreographic motifs create hypnotic effects. Each spectator must concentrate on the minute nuances of movement and time. Her pieces invite reflection on the nature of perception, the complexity of movement and the beauty of simplicity.

 

Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse today invites you to discover her four latest short works, including a solo danced by the choreographer herself and a larger-scale piece set to music by Icelandic composer Hildur Guònadóttir and American composer Philip Glass.

 

Are you, like us, looking forward to discovering the four latest creations by this leading figure in contemporary dance? Book your tickets now before it’s too late!

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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)

FAQ

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), Line 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 recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before the start of the evening presenting Lucinda Childs’ latest creations and present your ticket at reception.

How long do the four new works from Lucinda Childs last?

Together, the four new works of Lucinda Childs, performing at Chaillot National Dance Theatre, last approximately 1 hour, with no intermission.

Are Lucinda Childs’ latest creations for an international audience or French speakers?

For both! The Chaillot National Dance Theatre welcomes audiences from all over the world. Dance is a universal language, therefore, Lucinda Childs’ four latest dance pieces are accessible to anyone from any corner of the globe!

Can I choose my seat when booking?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to choose your seat when booking for the evening presenting Lucinda Childs’ latest creations. 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.
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.