Lights in the Dark

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Théâtre Libre

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Théâtre Libre
4 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris
Capacity 995 seats


1 h 10 min

No intermission


Show with special effects

For all audiences

No dialogue

Highlights: Lights in the Dark

The E.L. Squad, a pioneering company in electroluminescence technology, is directed by the Japanese-born choreographer Yokoi. Today, he presents to you his finest creation: Lights in the Dark, a fascinating show in which dancers and audience members alike are plunged into darkness. Amidst the pitch black, performers covered with electroluminescent wires produce amazing phantasmagorical and luminous effects in tandem with scintillating choreography. A show like no other — be enchanted by the mesmerising light displays at The Théâtre Libre!

Story: Lights in the Dark

Fans of physical performance and urban dance, rejoice! Lights in the Dark at the Théâtre Libre immerses its audience in the fascinating world of technology, manga, and video games, via a breathtaking light and dance show. The E.L Squad, directed by choreographer Yokoi, takes us into a universe wherein the only respite from darkness is through movement. Humanity and temporality coalesce in an explosive display of sounds and images… a show you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from!


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Théâtre Libre

4 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris

Théâtre Libre

Le Théâtre Libre, previously known as Le Comédia, was built in just six months by the architect Charles Duval in 1858. It experienced an unsteady start and soon declared bankruptcy. However, in 1862 it was transformed into the Eldorado, and became the most famous concert cafe in Paris. It retained its popularity for over 60 years, undergoing various phases of renovations during which its glamorous spirit was reflected through the addition of a metallic canopy entryway.


This renowned venue played an important role in shaping the cultural prowess of the Roaring Twenties, and has hosted many stars, including Mistinguett and Maurice Chevalier, both French actor-singers. In 1932 it was converted into a large cinema, returning to its original role as a theatre in 1971. Since this time, the stage has been used for musical performances of all kinds. In recent years, it began to feature many other types of theatrical performances to the great delight of the Parisian public.


Fast facts
Capacity: 995
Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us at at the time of booking so that we can inform the theatre and welcome you in the best possible conditions.

Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes


How do I get to the Théâtre Libre in the 10th arrondissement of Paris?

Le Théâtre Libre is accessible by:
Metro lines: Le Théâtre Libre can be reached by Metro lines 4, 8, and 9, which run to the Metro station Strasbourg Saint-Denis.
RER subway lines: Le Théâtre Libre is accessible by taking the RER E to the station Gare de l’Est.
Bus lines: The Théâtre Libre is accessible by bus lines 20, 32, 38, 39, N13, and N14, which run to stations Strasbourg Saint-Denis and Porte Saint-Denis.
In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

How long does the show Lights in the Dark by E. L Squad last?

The show Lights in the Dark by E. L Squad lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes, without intermission.

What do I do when I get to the Théâtre Libre?

We recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of Lights in the Dark by E. L Squad, as the theatre doors open 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Present your ticket at the reception desk, and the Théâtre Libre’s staff will take care of you. Please note that shows at the Théâtre Libre start at the time indicated on your reservation. 5 minutes before the start of the performance, your place in the theatre will no longer be guaranteed. After that, you will be placed alternatively in a way that does not disturb the performance in progress.

Is the show, Lights in the Dark, for an international public or for French speakers?

Taking into consideration that Lights in the Dark by E.L Squad has no dialogue and is entirely visual, it is 100% accessible to audience members who speak any language.

Can I take photos during Lights in the Dark by E.L Squad?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of Lights in the Dark by E.L Squad. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Théâtre Libre to remember your night out!

Is tipping customary?

Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually expect a small tip of between €2 and €5, which you can give them when they’ve shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire,” which literally translates to “to have a drink.”

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.

Is Lights in the Dark by E. L Squad a show for all-ages?

This show is for all audiences above 3 years old. For safety reasons, children under the age of 3 are not allowed in the venue.