Lyon Dance Films UK





(LA)HORDE is a collective of artists who develop shows, installations and videos that tour all over the world. Artists born in the digital age, they handle movement and images in equal measure. Their film Novaciériesis inspired by jump style, a brand of amateur dance that emerged in the 1990s amid the hardcore techno music scene – a style of sustained jumping to a frantically fast beat. Their film Cloud Chasersblends dance and smoke sculptures to the music of Oklou. To Da Bone, meanwhile, is a documentary that covers (LA)HORDE rehearsals worldwide, encompassing jump style and contemporary dance. Bondyis a choreographic portrait of the residents of the eponymous Paris suburb.


France, 2015 – 15’45
Venues : Comœdia, Lyon / LUX, Valence
Available on the Tënk platform, 
Dates and times : Comoedia, Sun 23 Sept, 11.15am / LUX, Tue 2 Oct, 8pm

Cloud Chasers

France, 2016 – 2’29
Venues : Comœdia, Lyon / Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon / Café Danse, Lyon / LUX, Valence
Dates and times : Comoedia, Sun 23 Sept, 11.15am / LUX, Sat 22 Sept, 6pm and Tue 2 Oct, 8pm / Grand Hôtel-Dieu and Café Danse

To Da Bone

France, 2018 – 25’31
Venues : Comœdia, Lyon / Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon / Ciné Toboggan, Décines / LUX, Valence
Dates and times : Comoedia, Sun 23 Sept, 11.15am /Ciné Toboggan, Sat 22 Sept, 7.30pm and 8pm / LUX, Tue 2 Oct, 8pm / Grand Hôtel-Dieu


Venues : LUX, Valence
Date and time : Tue 2 Oct, 8pm


Oona Doherty

Belfast-born Oona Doherty is the latest revelation on the choreography scene. Her hard-hitting performances are inspired by deprived young people in Belfast. In her shows and films she mixes music with Irish slang, and charts a course between violence and redemption.

20-minute loop: HOPE HUN Ttrailer; HARD TO BE SOFT(Prologue, episodes 1-4) – 2017; excerpt from FALLING HARD AND SOFT, directed by Holmes-made, an experimental film retracing the creation of the show Hard to Be Soft.

Northern Ireland, 2018 - 20’

Venues : Maison de la Danse, Lyon / Café Danse, Lyon / Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon

Dates and times : Maison de la Danse, Thu 20 Sept, 7.30pm / Grand Hôtel-Dieu and Café Danse

Beauté collatérale : Nach

France, 2018 – 6’58

Heddy Maalem is a Franco-Algerian choreographer. In 2013, he created Éloge du puissant royaume, inspired by krump, an urban dance style that emerged in 1990s America. He now films portraits of his favourite dancers.

Venues : Maison de la Danse, Lyon

Dates and times : Tue 18 Sept, 7.30pm / Tue 25 Sept, 7.30pm

Le Jardin

Belgium, 2002 – 37’

The dance-theatre collective Peeping Tom, which to begin had a strong affinity with the work of Alain Platel, has made a name for itself on the international scene with its hybrid of dance and theatre. One of its shows includes a film with a weird atmosphere: Le Jardinwas shot in an African nightclub in Brussels where the most diverse people rub shoulders.

Venues : Maison de la Danse, Lyon / Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon

Dates and times : Maison de la Danse, Wed 26 Sept, 6.30pm / Grand Hôtel-Dieu

Eric Minh Cuong Castaing

L’âge d’or

France, 2018 – 21’

L’Âge d’orstemmed from the encounter between dancers and physically disabled children. Thanks to virtual-reality glasses that let them see what the dancers see, and to unusual movements, the children explore new perceptions. The film slides gradually from documentary footage to a fiction arising from the empathy of the encounter.

Venue : Comœdia, Lyon

Date and time: Sun 23 Sept., 11.15am

Dimitris Papaouiannou

Primal Matter, the entire work

Greece, 2017 – 17’38

Greek choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou, who has achieved international recognition in recent years, proposes a filmed version of his famous duet Primal Matter: an imaginary journey through representations of the body, playing with references to the culture of the ancient world.

Venue : Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon

Dates and times : From 13 to 23 Sept | Except Sun 16 and Mon 17 | 2-8pm on weekdays 12-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Yoann Bourgeois & Louise Narboni

Les Grands Fantômes

France, 2018 –  56’53

To coincide with the third edition of the “Monuments en mouvement” festival, Yoann Bourgeois was given a spot in the Pantheon in Paris! Fastened to the highest point of the Pantheon’s dome, the famous Foucault’s pendulum serves to support the choreographer’s work on movement and equilibrium.

Venue : Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon

Dates and times : From 13 to 23 Sept | Except Sun 16 and Mon 17 | 2-8pm on weekdays / 12-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Benjamin Millepied

Passage to Dawn

United States, 2014 – 13’24

Advertising often draws on the imaginative realm of contemporary dance. Passage to Dawnis a film directed by celebrated choreographer Benjamin Millepied with the dancers of LA Dance Project.
The film is inspired by the story of Daphnis and Chloe, a Greek pastoral from the second century AD.

Why can't we get along

United States, 2018 – 6’37

In this commercial, Benjamin Millepied teams Hollywood actors with eight dancers from American Ballet Theater.


Venue : Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon

Dates and times : From 13 to 23 Sept | Except Sun 16 and Mon 17 | 2-8pm on weekdays / 12-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Saburo Teshigawara

Acclaimed worldwide and considered one of the most seminal artists in contemporary dance, Saburo Teshigawara began his pathway with a visual arts degree in Japan, and so it’s no surprise that he regularly wears his film-director’s hat. A Tale Ofis a mysterious film where reality becomes unreal and the visible, invisible. In Keshioko, he fascinatingly and magnetically unfolds his dance in public space. Friction of Timeis an experimental video in which Teshigawara captures the result of a process of trial and error, portrayed by a single moving body.

A TALE OF– Japan, 2005 – 7’56

FRICTION OF TIME– Japan, 2008 – 25’19

KESHIOKO– Japan, 1993 – 10’

T-CITY– Japan, 1993 – 27’10

Venue  : Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon

Dates and times : From 13 to 23 Sept | Except Sun 16 and Mon 17 | 2-8pm on weekdays / 12-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Gilles Jobin

Womb 3D

Switzerland, 2016 – 32’

Shot in 3D,Wombby Gilles Jobin is borne along by the prettily coloured and faintly psychedelic world of visual artist Sylvie Fleury. A unique 3D journey that offers a fresh perspective on dance.

Venue : Comoedia, Lyon

Dates & horaires : Mon 3 Sept, 8pm

Hervé Robbe


France, 2017 – 2 episodes, 66’ and 106’

In this project, choreographer Hervé Robbe, who is also a video artist, casts 35 performers who have worked with him through his career, and with them revisits the souvenirs and memories that dance has left in and on their bodies.

Realisation Hervé Robbe and Vincent Bosc

Venue : LUX, Valence

Dates and times : Tue 25 Sept, 6pm (episode 1) and 8pm (episode 2)

Angelin Preljocaj

Polina, Danser sa vie

France, 2017 – 108’

A young classical dancer decides to take her destiny in hand. Adapted from Bastien Vivès’s successful comic book of the same name.

Realisation Valérie Müller et Angelin Preljocaj

Venues : Comoedia, Lyon / Ciné Toboggan, Décines

Dates & times : Comoedia, Tue 18 Sept, 8pm / Ciné Toboggan, Wed 19 Sept, 6.15pm and Sun 23 Sept, 6.30pm



Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art

United States, 2016 – 3’57

A iconic figure of jookin, a style of urban dance imported from the United States, Lil Buck became a global star following his collaborations with Madonna, Benjamin Millepied and others. Here he is filmed by Andrew Margetson among the modern art exhibits of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
More than eight million views on the internet.

Directed by: Andrew Margetson

Venue : Maison de la Danse, Lyon 

Dates & horaires times : Tue 18 Sept, 7.30pm / Tue 25 Sept, 7.30pm

Maguy Marin, L’urgence d’agir

France, 2018 –8’ teaser

Compagnie Maguy Marin has a singular place in the field of dance. This film examines the genesis and posterity of May B, the choreographer’s foremost work (1981), which has been staged all over the world. The film’s teaser is given a preview at the Dance Biennale.

Directed by: David Mambouch

Venue : Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon
Available on the Tënk platform,

Dates & times : Tue 2 Oct, 6.15pm

Ô mon corps !

France, 2012 – 70’

At the National Theatre of Algiers, the film follows French choreographer Abou Lagraa, assisted by Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa, as they work on creating the first contemporary-dance training course in Algeria with dancers from a hip-hop background.

Directed by: Laurent Aït Benalla

Venue : LUX, Valence
Available on the Tënk

Dates & times : Mar 2 oct. à 18h15

Les rêves dansants, sur les pas de Pina Bausch

Germany, 2010 – 92’

The greatest choreographer of the 20th century, Pina Bausch transmitted one of her pieces, Kontakthof, to a generation of young Germans. A poetic and moving film that takes us deep into the creative process.

Directed by: Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann

Venues : Lumière Bellecour, Lyon / Ciné Mourguet, Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon
Available on the Tënk

Dates & times : Lumière Bellecour, Tue 25 Sept, 6.45pm / Ciné Mourguet, Tue 25 Sept, 8pm

Merce Cunn ingham, La danse en héritage

France, 2012 – 55’

Choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) revolutionised the history of dance. In New York, the film’s director probes to understand how his dance can survive the passing of its founder.

Directed by: Marie-Hélène Rebois

Venue Available on the Tënk platform,


Iran, 2017 – 14’41

Flatlandis a video piece by two Iranian artists. The dancers are filmed on the roof of a building by a high-angle camera. From this distance, the silhouettes disappear and the dancers are seen as dots, which combine to perform a fascinating geometric ballet.

Directed by: Alireza Keymanesh and Amir Pousti

Venues, dates & times
Café Danse 13-22 Sept | Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm 
LUX, Sat 22 Sept, 6pm 
Cinéma Centre culturel Aragon, Tue 9 Oct, 7pm


France, 2015 – 115’

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied was appointed director of dance at the Opéra National de Paris in November 2014. Driven by his curiosity and enthusiasm, he attempted to modernise the institution.

Directed by: Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai

Venue : CinéDuchère, Lyon

Dates & times : Sat 29 Sept, 5pm

Les Indes Galantes

France, 2017 – 5’46

This striking film blends the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes Galanteswith krump, a dance style that grew out of the riots that followed Rodney King’s beating in Los Angeles, in the 1990s. Public award winner at the 2018 Clermont-Ferrand Festival.

Directed by: Clément Cogitore

Venues : Maison de la Danse, Lyon / Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon / CinéDuchère, Lyon / Cinéma Alpha, Charbonnières-les-Bains / Cin’étoile, Saint-Bonnet-le-Château) / Cinéma Le Fellini, Villefontaine / LUX, Valence / Centre culturel Aragon, Oyonnax 
Available on the Tënk platform,

Dates & times : Maison de la Danse, Sat 15 Sept, Tue 18 Sept and Tue 25 Sept, 7.30pm / LUX, Sat 22 Sept, 6pm / Cinéma Centre culturel Aragon, Tue 9 Oct, 7pm 


Catalonia, 2016 – 15’06

Diego and Luna are car-park wardens: Diego works nights, Luna does day shifts.

While watching CCTV footage, Luna discovers by chance that her colleague likes to dance on duty… Winner of the short film Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Festival.

Directed by: Juanjo Giménez

Venues : Maison de la Danse, Lyon / Ciné Toboggan, Décines / LU X, Valence / Cinéma Le Fellini, Villefontaine / Centre culturel Aragon, Oyonnax

Dates & times : Maison de la Danse, Sat 15 Sept, 7.30pm and Fri 21 Sept, 7.30pm / LUX, Sat 22 Sept, 6pm / Cinéma Centre culturel Aragon, Tue 9 Oct, 7pm 

Passage + making-of

France, 2018 – 6’06

In a near future, two youths upload themselves into a virtual world.
Passagemelds contemporary dance, urban dances and digital forms, employing videogame-related methods that precluded the need for post-production work after the shoot.

Directed by: THEORIZ and David-Alexandre Chanel

Venue : Comoedia, Lyon

Date and time : Mon 3 Sept, 8pm

Yoann Bourgeois et Alexandre Tharaud

Clair de Lune (Debussy)

France, 2018 – 4’26

Renowned choreographer Yoann Bourgeois collaborates here with pianist Alexandre Tharaud around Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune. A film of great sensibility and delicacy.

Directed by: Raphaël Wertheimer

Venue : Maison de la Danse, Lyon

Dates & times : Sun 23 Sept, 4pm / Thu 27 Sept, 7.30pm

Mourad Merzouki

Rio Gravité Zéro

France, 2008 – 42’

Ten dancers aged 17 to 25, from the outskirts of Rio; some have lived in the favelas. Directed by choreographer Mourad Merzouki, they work on a new show – a virtuoso mix of hip-hop, capoeira and contemporary dance.

Directed by: Cathie Lévy

Venue Available on the Tënk


France, 2018 – 96’

A young female dancer from an affluent neighbourhood discovers the world of break dance.

Directed by: Marc Fouchard

Ciné Toboggan, Wed 19 Sept, 4.30pm, Fri 21 Sept, 6pm and Sat 22 Sept, 5.30pm 
Cinéma Alpha, Sun 23 Sept, 8.30pm


United Kingdom, 2008 – 35’

Dancer Nora Chipaumire, born in 1965 in what is now Zimbabwe, returns to the landscape of her childhood, journeying through some vivid memories of her young years.

Directed by: David Hinton and Alla Kovgan

Venue Available on the Tënk platform,


France, 2018 – runtime of each film: 4’

To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Eurockéennes festival in Belfort, northeast France, film director Nicolas Habas made a series of shorts, each featuring a choreographer or dancer in a location in the town. With Julien Gallée Féré, Eric Lamoureux, Jann Gallois…

Directed by: Nicolas Habas

Venue : Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon

Dates & times : From 13 to 23 Sept | Except Sun 16 and Mon 17 | 2-8pm on weekdays / 12-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Käfig, portrait d’une compagnie

France, 2016 – 20’

When Compagnie Käfig turned 20, it founder, choreographer Mourad Merzouki, retraces, in the company of researcher Agathe Dumont, the milestones and values that have defined the company’s existence.

Directed by: Mohamed Athamna

Venue : Maison de la Danse, Lyon

Dates & times : Fri 14 Sept, 8pm / Wed 19 Sept, 6.30pm / Fri 21 Sept, 7.30pm / Sat 22 Sept, 7.30pm / Sun 23 Sept, 4pm / Thu 27 Sept, 7.30pm

The Ferryman, le passeur des lieux

France, 2016 – 71’

Shaped by choreographer Damien Jalet and the voice of performer Marina Abramovic, The Ferrymanis a riveting film that explores the ancestral relationship between man and nature – both the visible and invisible worlds.

Directed by: Gilles Delmas

Venue Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon

Available on the Tënk platform,

Dates & times : From 13 to 23 Sept | Except Sun 16 and Mon 17 | 2-8pm on weekdays / 12-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays


Jann Gallois

Looking for an Ideal

France, 2014 – 5’08

In an empty theatre, dancer Jann Gallois seeks her place. Once settled, she decides to change places… A poetic and burlesque film.

Directed by: Brahim Yaqoub

Venues, dates & times
Maison de la Danse, Fri 14 Sept, 8pm, Wed 19 Sept, 6.30pm and Sat 22 Sept, 7.30pm / Grand Hôtel-Dieu, 

Le Grand Bal

France, 2018 – 99’

Preview screenings at the Dance Biennale
It’s the story of a dance event. A giant dance festival. Every summer, more than 10,000 people flock from around Europe to a patch of French countryside. Over seven days and seven nights, they dance and dance again – losing all idea of time, shrugging off their fatigue and testing their body’s limits. A whirl of laughter, spinning bodies, tears and song. And of pulsating life.

Directed by: Laetitia Carton

Venues, dates & times
Comoedia, Thu 27 Sept, 8pm 
Cinéma Centre culturel Aragon, Fri 5 Oct
Available on the Tënk platform,

XXY [ɛks/ɛks/wʌɪ]

France, 2018 - 30’


This musical and visual panorama – at the intersection of film, music and dance – examines diversity and “feminines” over and above gender, generations and borders.

Directed by: Clotilde

Venue : Amphi de l’Opéra, Lyon

Dates & time : Fri 21 Sept, 6pm and 7pm

Poursuivez votre parcours Danse Connectée sur la plateforme multimédia Numeridanse

Partenaire de la Biennale de la danse, Numeridanse rassemble plus de 3000 ressources vidéos – documentaires, spectacles, interviews, fictions… – et vous offre un accès à un fonds vidéo riche et unique, des archives patrimoniales aux dernières créations web.

Professional events



Event organised by the Ministry of Culture (General Directorate of Artistic Creation, DGCA) 

Although the amount of dance on public television channels has shrunk considerably, the TV offering has switched to online platforms such as ARTE Concert and Culturebox, which have boosted the visibility of dance on the internet in recent years and done a high-quality job of curating dance works to increase understanding of them.
But now, these platforms’ resources are also tending to decrease. A cause for concern? How should the trend be interpreted? And is it a game changer?
Also noteworthy is that initiatives are emerging in the performing arts, both online – as with “3è scène” (“third stage”) run by the Opéra National de Paris; and Numéridanse, led by the Maison de la Danse and the National Dance Centre (CND) – and in physical venues such as the National Choreographic Development Centre (CDCN), La Briqueterie. What influence is this evolution in distribution channels having on production methods?
Are the changes in the context of production and distribution having an impact on how dance films are actually written? Or, rather, are we seeing artists with more-hybrid pathways who have a greater awareness of the moving image thanks to the democratic spread of technology?
And ultimately, who are the “audiences” for this kind of content? What outreach can be devised, and via which relayers? In this respect, what role should be played by audiovisual diffuseurs audiovisuels? And by that of cultural operators?

Panellists:Stéphane Bouquet, novelist and associate scriptwriter at the National Dance Centre; Patric Chiha, film director; Jose Correia, head of programming, ARTE Concert; Daniel Favier, director of La Briqueterie, the National Choreographic Development Centre in Vitry-sur-Seine; Maxime Fleuriot, artistic adviser and head of film creation and digital, Lyon Dance; Nicolas Habas, film director; Christophe Haleb, choreographer and lecturer à Ciné Fabrique; (LA)HORDE collective, artists; Philippe Martin, director of Les Films Pelléas and artistic director of 3è Scène/ Opéra National de Paris, Alice Poncet, manager, Numéridanse platform and image hub, Maison de la Danse; Farid Rezkallah, producer at 24images Production…

Moderator: Laurent Vinauger – head of dance, DGCA

Venue Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse, Lyon

Date & time Sat 22 Sept, 11am to 1.30pm



Under the direction ofPaule Gioffredi and Claudia Palazzolo, and supported by the Passage XX-XXI research team at Lyon 2 University and the Lyon Dance Biennale.

Taking case studies or synthetic perspectives as its starting-point, the session will explore the huge output of images that have become operational tools in the processes and stages of creating, transmitting, reconstructing, disseminating, safeguarding and representing dance. Various avenues could be envisaged: images as tools in transmitting and disseminating dance; the images that document dance; the use of images in teaching dance…

Venue Théâtre Nouvelle Génération - Ateliers Presqu’île, Lyon

Date & time Fri 28 Sept, 9.30am to 5.30pm



Photographs, augmented reality, 3D prints, construction components… In this individual exhibition devised for LUX, choreographer Gilles Jobin stages his sources of inspiration and the creative processes behind his most recent pieces: the film Womb 3Dand the immersive virtual-reality installation VR_I.

Venue LUX, Valence

Dates & time 22 Sept to 31 Oct / Opening night Fri 21 Sept, 6.30pm in Gilles Jobin’s presence


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From 5 September to 3 November, echoing the Lyon Dance Biennale, Tënk will feature an all-dance programme – check it out!

Maguy Marin, L’urgence d’agir(David Mambouch)
Ô mon corps !(Laurent Aït Benalla)
Les rêves dansants, Sur les pas de Pina Bausch(Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann)
Merce Cunningham, La danse en héritage(Marie-Hélène Rebois)
Les Indes Galantes(Clément Cogitore)
Mourad Merzouki, Rio GravitéZéro(Cathie Lévy)
Nora(David Hinton and Alla Kovgan)
The Ferryman, Le passeur des lieux(Gilles Delmas)
Le Grand Bal(Laetitia Carton

With support of Ministère de la culture - Délégation à la danse 

20170816 Bloc Marque Culture Couleur