a Unknown Pleasures Photo: Arno Paul

Unknown Pleasures is a completely anonymous programme – no names, no fame and no glory - just the chance to experience an evening of dance unencumbered by preconceptions. 

Five international choreographers - four women and one man ranging from their 30s to their 70s - have shared their distinctive creative voices to create an evening of invention and surprise. It is a choreographic carte blanche for both audiences and creators.

Unknown Pleasures is curated by Dance Umbrella together with pioneering French company Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine. We have invited choreographers to create something free from reputation, attribution or audience expectation, to see what comes our way. Enjoy.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.  
Oscar Wilde 
All you need in life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” Mark Twain
“Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.”  Sophocles 

2016 Press

"There may be none of the big choreographic names visible on the exterior of this particular brown paper package, but the art and expertise involved in this production is certainly visible"
London Theatre **** - Read the full review here

"The CCN-Ballet de Lorraine dancers show immense skill and nuance as they switch between these demanding creations" LondonDance.com - read the full review here.

"Debuting in London, Unknown Pleasures is a cryptic, intense and provocative hour and 20 minutes of cutting-edge contemporary dance" The Upcoming - read the full review here.  

"Mesmerising stuff"  The Sunday Times

Sadler's Wells
If you require a wheelchair space, please book via Sadler's Wells on 020 7863 8000.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. Full access information can be found on the Sadler’s Wells website here

General Director Petter Jacobsson
Research Coordinator Thomas Caley
Artistic Coordinator Valérie Ferrando
Choreographic Assistants Isabelle Bourgeais, Thomas Caley, Valérie Ferrando
Dancers Jonathan Archambault, Guillaume Busillet, Alexis Bourbeau, Matthieu Chayrigues, Justin Cumine, Giuseppe Dagostino, Charles Dalerci, Tristan Ihne, Yoann Rifosta, Luc Verbitzky, Agnès Boulanger, Pauline Colemard, Miriam Rose Gronwald, Laure Lescoffy, Valérie Ly-Cuong, Sakiko Oishi, Marion Rastouil, Elsa Raymond, Elisa Ribes, Ligia Saldanha

Commissioned by Dance Umbrella and CCN – Ballet de Lorraine with Sadler’s Wells London, CODA Oslo International Dance Festival and Dansens Hus Norway in Oslo.  A Dance Umbrella initiative

Supported by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni

The CCN – Ballet de Lorraine receives support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication - Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs Lorraine, the Regional Council of Lorraine and the city of Nancy
CCN - Ballet de Lorraine Cultural Ambassador of the city of Nancy

Fri 07-Sat 08 Oct

Unknown Pleasures

CCN – Ballet de Lorraine
Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue, EC1
07-08 October £20
80 mins / no interval

SAT 8 OCTOBER
TALKING AMONGST OURSELVES
OUR POST-SHOW TALK, LED BY THE AUDIENCE
(artists are not present)

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