Dublin Theatre Festival

les ballets C de la B


Directed by Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke

Venue Gaiety Theatre
Date 10 Oct - 11 Oct 7.30pm
Duration 1hr 45mins (no interval)

Based on a concept by Vanessa Van Durme

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Gardenia L

The Festival is delighted to welcome the return to Dublin of one of the most influential dance theatre companies in the world, les ballets C de la B, after spellbinding audiences with vsprs at the 2006 Dublin Dance Festival.

Gardenia is a flamboyant and defiant tale featuring seven ageing transsexuals and transvestites, who, through fake eyelashes, glitter and gloss, convey the indomitable nature of the human spirit. Sometimes hilarious often poignant, this glitter-dusted mix of song, dance, theatre and cabaret is a shimmering yet deeply tender experience that defies categorisation.

A unique collaboration between the celebrated musical director Frank Van Laecke and the multi award-winning Alain Platel, one of the world’s leading directors and choreographers, Gardenia comes to Dublin having taken the world by storm following its première at the illustrious Avignon Festival in 2010.


TALKING THEATRE  Members of the company. Oct 10  Post-show 9.15pm (approx).

Dont forget, you can get a three course dinner at Cafe Novo at The Westbury Hotel, if you buy a ticket to the show for only €25!

"...makes for a more entertaining night out...as genuine emoting sits alongside fake applause and lip syncing." Irish Times Festival Hub

"An extraordinary piece... a multi-layered, endlessly extravagant work." The Stage