Alain Platel's show at the Théâtre de la Ville
Interview with Alain Platel and excerpts of his show at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
For nearly twenty-five years, the self-taught Belgian choreographer and director Alain Platel and his artist collective, les Ballets C. de la B. (C. for contemporary and B for Belgium), have mixed dance, theatre, music and circus to tell us about the world around us. One of the strengths of the company's shows is the use of its actors, whether they be amateur or professional, who abundantly feed the creation with their stories, their problems and their opinions. Born in 1959, Platel was first a teacher for handicapped children. In 1984 he put on his first show,Stabat Mater, in his apartment. Since then, Platel and the Ballets C. de la B. have achieved international renown through their thirty or so productions, amongst which areWolf, created in 2003 and played at the Opéra Garnier in 2005 andVsprs in 2006, his latest creation. In 2004 Platel received the European theatre prize for his complete works.