today  \  15 April
tomorrow  \  16 April
Lucinda Childs and Robert Wilson

Dance, For all Dance, For all, 2023|24 Season

Lucinda Childs and Robert Wilson

Relative Calm

Jon Gibson | Igor Stravinsky | John Adams

from to

Grande Halle

starting from €20

duration: 1h15

Book your tickets


Two legends meet again at the top: stage director Robert Wilson and choreographer Lucinda Childs reinvent Relative Calm. A fascinating work that is even bigger and more exuberant over forty years after its creation.

In 1976, the opera Einstein on the Beach kickstarted one of the most fruitful collaborations of the 20th century. Lucinda Childs starred as a narrator and dancer while Robert Wilson pulled the strings of a hypnotic staging. Five years later, the two icons of the new American scene created Relative Calm together, a ballet set to the music of Jon Gibson. It is not a revival as much as it is a reactivation of the memory of this work that the two flamboyant artists, now in their 80s, offer today. Repetition and variation are still its driving force, but the lights, the sets and the structure are all new. Hence, a three-act ballet, danced to the beats of Jon Gibson, Igor Stravinsky and John Adams, by the performers of the MP3 Dance Project company. Between each act, Lucinda Childs herself reads extracts from Nijinsky’s diary. Games of (de)synchronization, repetitive motifs, fine-tuned movements and video creation all bear the signature of two legends.

Practical information

From 30th november to 3th december 2023
Thu & Fri 8pm
Sat 6pm
Sun 4pm


Getting here

Porte de Pantin

Porte de Pantin

75,151 : Porte de Pantin

Production credits

A project by Change Performing Arts Coproduction La Villette - Paris, Fondazione Musica per Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Théâtre Garonne Toulouse, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Teatro Stabile di Bolzano, Le Parvis Tarbes Pyrénées Coréalisation Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

Concept, lighting, video, set design and artistic direction Robert Wilson Choreography Lucinda Childs Music Jon Gibson, Igor Stravinsky, John Adams MP3 Dance project is directed by Michele Pogliani With Agnese Trippa, Giovanni Marino, Irene Venuta, Sara Mignani, Nicolò Troiano, Asia Fabbri, Mariagrazia Avvenire, Mariantonietta Mango, Giulia Maria De Marzi, Xhoaki Hoxha, Cristian Cianciulli, Gerardo Pastore Set Designer Flavio Pezzotti Lighting Designer Cristian Simon Video Designer Tomek Jeziorski Costumes Tiziana Barbaranelli Sound Dario Felli Make-up Claudia Bastia Technical Director Enrico Maso Stage Manager Petra Deidda Lighting Assistant Fabio Bozzetta Video Assistant Michele Innocente Costume Assistant Flavia Ruggeri Photos Lucie Jansch Project Director Marta Dellabona Production and Communications Martina Galbiati


Angelin Preljocaj  Requiem


Angelin Preljocaj Requiem

With Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse

from May 23rd to June 6th 2024

Grande Halle

starting from €20

duration: 1h30

Premiere Original work Metro line 5 Tramway line 3b

Park map


La Villette's newsletter

Subscribe now!

By providing your email address, you agree to receive La Villette’s newsletter. You can unscribe at any time by clicking on the links at the bottom of our emails or on request to For more information, please read our Privacy policy. Privacy policy