Pendulum and How to Be Us
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre - 75016 Paris
Capacity 390 seats
For all audiences
Highlights: Pendulum and How to Be Us
It's a theatre that few visitors to Paris know about, yet it is located near the most visited spot in Paris. Its entrance is on the left of the Trocadero esplanade, overlooking the Iron Lady, the aptly named Eiffel Tower.
After entering through the heavy wrought-iron glass door, you'll climb a monumental staircase that will take you to the colonnaded Grand Foyer.
And then, prepare yourself as you’ll be treated to the most beautiful view in Paris.
Gaze through the huge glass walls of the Grand Foyer and take in the Trocadero gardens, the water fountains and Paris's greatest attraction of all: the Eiffel Tower.
Whether it's the dusty rays of a Parisian sunset or the twinkling lights of the great Iron Lady, the Grand Foyer will lead you into the theatre hall in all majesty and grandeur.
The Chaillot National Dance Theatre is one of the best located theatres in Paris and offers an incredible programme of dance mixing several contrasting genres and highlighting the most interesting dance niches. Bringing in some of the greatest French, European and international choreographers, Chaillot National Dance Theatre’s mission is to share the intricate world of dance to anyone who walks through its golden gates.
An unforgettable experience included with your ticket!
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 January 19th, at 4:00 p.m. and January 20th, at 3:00 p.m., come and enjoy the Chaillot Experience on the theme of Australia, inspired by choreographer Lucy Guerin. It's a great way to immerse yourself in Australian culture, nourished by its European, Indo-Pacific and Aboriginal heritages.
The two shows, Pendulum and How to Be Us, are part of a package. The first lasts 40 minutes and the second 15 minutes.
On Friday, January 19th, 2024, you can choose to go and see Pendulum at 7:30 p.m. followed by How to Be Us at 8:30 p.m. or go and see Pendulum at 9:00 p.m. followed by How to Be Us at 10:00 p.m.
On Saturday, January 20th, 2024, you can choose to see Pendulum at 5:00 p.m. followed by How to Be Us at 6:00 p.m. or Pendulum at 7:30 p.m. followed by How to Be Us at 8:30 p.m.
Story: Pendulum and How to Be Us
Take advantage of an evening to see two shows, Pendulum and How to Be Us, by Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin and immerse yourself completely into Australian culture while still being in Paris thanks to Chaillot Experience!
Pendulum mimics 39 clocks swinging… alluring, mesmerizing, hypnotic. Created in collaboration with percussionist Matthias Schack-Arnott, Pendulum is both a performance installation and a choreographed show. The dancers manipulate the light and sound of pendulums, creating a captivating, trace-inducing ballet. This piece, originally conceived for an art gallery, presents Lucy Guerin's characteristic gestural choreography, oscillating between repetition and trance.
In How to Be Us, a dance piece written for a duo, the choreographer explores questions of individual and collective freedom in a world plagued by contradictory ideas. Synchronization, one of the choreographer's great strengths, is combined in How to Be Us with consideration to the even the smallest detail. Lucy Guerin is as skilled at directing actors as she is at improvising and dancing duets. In her own signature way, she dares to create unceasing movement, enchanting the audience.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can inform the theatre staff, who will give you a warm welcome. Air conditioning: Yes Heating: Yes
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 runs until the following Metro station: Trocadéro. Bus lines: The theatre is accessible by the bus 22, 30, 32 et 63, which runs until the station: Trocadéro. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
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, Pendulum and How to Be Us by Lucy Guerin last?
Pendulum and How to Be Us by Lucy Guerin last approximately 1 hour.
With the two dance shows included, the Chaillot Experience lasts around 3 hours.
Can I take photos during the Chaillot Experience and the performances Pendulum and How to Be Us by Lucy Guerin ?
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 performances, Pendulum and How to Be Us by Lucy Guerin.
Are Pendulum, How to Be Us 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, Pendulum and How to Be Us are 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?
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.
Is there a coat check available at the Chaillot National Dance Theatre?
Is tipping customary at the Chaillot National Dance Theatre in Paris?
Ushers do not accept tips at Chaillot National Dance Theatre.
If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?
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.