Danse Élargie: Dance Expanded

11 & 12 October 2019

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


You have ten minutes and performances should feature at least three performers. These are the only rules given to artists competing in Danse Élargie.

Every two years, artists all walks of creative life - including dance, spoken word, visual arts, circus and even philosophy - take on the challenge set by competition creator and contemporary dance's rebel Boris Charmatz: to change the face of dance. See the highlights here in London, as we bring you 2018s' winners alongside previous competition highlights in an evening of seven ten-minute pieces.

Expect the unconventional, the pioneering and the provocative as we invite you to expand your expectations of what dance can be.


Kwame Asafo-Adjei’s cinematic Family Honour drawing on Asafo-Adjei’s experience of growing up in London, cultural hierarchy and its impact on society.

(La) Horde’s To Da Bone exploring the youth subculture Jumpstyle, a high-energy dance which grew out of the 90’s hardcore techno scene.

Elsa Chêne’s MUR/MER which takes inspiration from Martin Parr’s photography and asks the question “what would a beach be like if the sea was replaced by a wall?”.

House-dance specialist Ousmane Sy’s Queen Blood which celebrates female technical virtuosities, questioning what femininity can be.

South Korea’s Jusung Lee with Eye

Pietro Marullo’s Wreck – List of extinct species, which sees the Sadler’s Wells stage filled with a huge soft sculpture.

Clémentine Vanlerberghe’s and Fabritia D'Intino’s Plubel, examining group representation of femininity seen through history.

Part of FranceDance UK
Supported by the Institut français as  

With the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Théâtre de la Ville - Paris

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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