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    En avant, marche!

    (Flanders, Belgium)

    NTGent / les ballets C de la B

    In an outburst of noise and movement, Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke assemble a full-scale brass band alongside actors and dancers on stage. Commanded by a dying trombonist in his final rehearsal, this is a pure, life affirming celebration of the power of making music together.


    Working with composer Steven Prengels, Platel and Van Laecke present the world of music clubs as a ‘miniature society’ in its own right: a collective of very different individuals who try to keep to one and the same marching direction – a driving force in the lives of the people on stage.


    With a glorious sense of chaos, this production celebrates the community surrounding a dying trombonist with eloquence and a deep sense of fun

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Guardian

    Poignant, funny and outrageous dance theatre, as entertaining as it is life affirming

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Stage

    En avant, marche! is presented by Sadler’s Wells as part of LIFT 2016.
    Supported by the Government of Flanders.
    Image — Phile Deprez