Gounouj by Léo Lérus

Chaillot National Dance Theatre

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


Chaillot Experience + Show: 4 hours

With intermission



Contemporary Dance

For all audiences

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Highlights: Gounouj by Léo Lérus

Discover the hidden gem of the theatre world, tucked away in the heart of Paris, where a magical experience awaits at the Chaillot National Dance Theatre. Despite its prime location on the bustling Trocadero Esplanade, this enchanting theatre remains a secret treasure to most tourists. Step through the magnificent wrought-iron glass door and ascend a monumental staircase to reach the Grand Foyer. Here, be prepared for a breathtaking sight—a panoramic view of Paris, with the Trocadero gardens, cascading water fountains and the iconic Eiffel Tower as the centrepiece. As the iron lady comes alive with a dazzling display of lights, the Grand Foyer transforms into a celestial wonderland, illuminating the stage for an unforgettable experience.



Not only does the Chaillot National Dance Theatre boast a remarkable location, but it also offers an incredible program of dance that captivates a diverse audience. Esteemed choreographers from France, Europe, and around the world present their latest creations, ensuring there's always a show to inspire and enthral. Whether you're a visitor to Paris or a contemporary dance enthusiast, the Salle Gémier stage awaits you throughout the year. And to add to the enchantment, the breathtaking view acts as the perfect backdrop, immersing you in the beauty of Paris.



An unforgettable experience included!

The icing on the cake… Your ticket includes entrance to the Chaillot Experience! This experience will give you the opportunity to enjoy a multitude of artistic expositions linked to the artists and their creative universes.


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 enjoy the Chaillot Experience, a unique, limited-time offer!



On Friday, March 15th, 2024, starting at 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 16th, 2024, starting at 3:00 p.m., come and enjoy the Chaillot Experience. The programme includes a voguing ball, a performance by Lasseindra Ninja, a voodoo ritual, and a DJ set.
The show, Gounouj by Léo Lérus, will be performed in the Salle Gémier.
Be sure to stick around, as the Chaillot Experience continues after the show.


On Thursday, March 14th, 2024, the show Gounouj by Léo Lérus will be offered as a show-only performance.

Story: Gounouj by Léo Lérus

Dancer and choreographer Léo Lérus skilfully blends Guadeloupean dances with contemporary techniques. He trained with Léna Blou and honed his dance skills working with renowned choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. In his 2019 creation Entropie, he drew inspiration from the traditions of his native land, in particular the “lewoz”, and combined it with technological elements to create a choreography style unlike no other. His latest work, Gounouj, features four performers and tackles the question of balance and imbalance in an ecosystem, based on the concept of “bousyè”, which describes both the state of a molting crustacean and the acceptance of its vulnerability in the face of change.


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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 the Chaillot National Dance Theatre in the 16th arrondissement of Paris?

The Chaillot National Dance Theatre is accessible by:
Metro lines: The theatre is accessible by the Metro lines 6, and 9, which run until the following Metro station: Trocadéro.
Bus lines: The theatre is accessible by the bus 22, 30, 32, and 63, which run until the station: Trocadéro.

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 the Chaillot National Dance Theatre?

If you wish to attend the Chaillot Experience, which is included with your ticket, we recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before the start of the Chaillot Experience and present your ticket at reception.

How long do the Chaillot Experience and Gounouj by Léo Lérus last?

Gounouj by Léo Lérus alone lasts 55 minutes.

The Chaillot Experience and Gounouj by Léo Lérus together last around 4 hours.

Can I take photos during the Chaillot Experience and the performance Gounouj de Léo Lérus?

It is absolutely possible to take photos and videos of the various events included in the Chaillot Experience.
You may also take photos from the Grand Foyer of the Chaillot National Dance Theatre to enjoy the magnificent view!
However, so as not to disturb the work of the artists and for the comfort of spectators, it is forbidden to take photos during the dance performance, Gounouj by Léo Lérus.

Are Gounouj and Chaillot Experience 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, Gounouj is accessible to anyone from any corner of the globe!
Furthermore, the Chaillot Experience offers a multitude of activities like exhibitions, screenings, performances, meetings, and concerts that you will be able to interact with without worrying about a language barrier!

Does the Chaillot National Dance Theatre have a specific dress code?

At Chaillot National Dance Theatre, There is no specific dress code, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire.
Shorts, bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.

Is there a coat check available at Chaillot National Dance Theatre?

At Chaillot National Dance Theatre, a free cloakroom is available. Travel bags and suitcases are not allowed.

Is tipping customary at Chaillot National Dance Theatre?

Ushers do not accept tips at the Chaillot National Dance Theatre.

If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?

In the event of a delay, spectators will be allowed entrance to the theatre, but seating in the purchased category is not guaranteed.

How do I know if my seats are next to each other?

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.