Under the flowers by Thomas Lebrun

(Sous les fleurs)
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


1 h 15 min

No intermission


Contemporary Dance

For all audiences

No dialogue


Highlights: Under the flowers by Thomas Lebrun

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.


Save the dates—April 4th, 5th and 6th, 2024—for the extraordinary performance of Sous les fleurs by Thomas Lebrun.

Story: Under the flowers by Thomas Lebrun

Thomas Lebrun is a contemporary choreographer who has given free rein to his creativity and explored the infinite possibilities of dance since the late 1990s. His show, Sous les fleurs (Under the Flowers), takes us to Southern Mexico to discover the Muxes. These people were born men but live as women and are accepted by their community. They are notably recognisable by the colourful clothes they wear.


The piece, performed by five male dancers who subtly express their inner femininity, offers a dance that is genderless and constantly evolving. The dancers' movements reflect the singularity of each body through a variety of music, particularly Mexican.


Thomas Lebrun is a true explorer of contemporary dance, and his show Sous les fleurs, presented on the stage of the Chaillot National Dance Theatre, is a captivating and emotionally rich experience. He shows us that femininity can be expressed in different ways, without being linked to sexuality. An invitation to reflect on the diversity and singularity of each individual.


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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 metro station Trocadéro.
Bus lines: The theatre is accessible by the bus 22, 30, 32 et 63, which run until the station Trocadéro.
Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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 the Chaillot National Dance Theatre?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of Sous les fleurs by Thomas Lebrun, and present your voucher at the front desk. Chaillot National Dance Theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

How long does Sous les fleurs by Thomas Lebrun, last?

Sous les fleurs by Thomas Lebrun lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.

Can I take photos during the performance of Sous les fleurs by Thomas Lebrun?

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 Sous les fleurs. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the incredible view from the Grand Foyer in the Chaillot National Dance Theatre to remember your night out!

Is Sous les fleurs by Thomas Lebrun for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! Chaillot National Dance Theatre welcomes audiences from all over the world! Dance is a universal language which mixes movement and music. Sous les fleurs by Thomas Lebrun is therefore accessible to anyone from any corner of the world.

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?

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

Is tipping customary at the Chaillot National Dance Theatre in Paris?

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.