Van Cleef & Arpels
Prize for Ballet 2021


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Mille et une danses (pour 2021)

Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours (CCNT)

1001 danses (pour 2021)

1001 dances in a single show, 1001 odes to diversity and transmission: “Mille et une danses (pour 2021)” is an emotional epic choreographic poem, a marathon of sensations, styles and greetings.


“2021 will mark the  20th anniversary of my company.

I see this project, which is in a way an ‘anniversary’ project, as an odyssey through choreography and emotion; as a marathon of sensations, ways of being and being received… an ode to diversity and to the human and choreography melting-pot.
A living encyclopedia of choreography and performance.

1001 dances in one show
1001 odes to diversity and transmission

To dance is to give, to debate, to celebrate, to be who you are, to build and unbuild, to emanate, to strive, to propel and to propose… And whatever it may be, it’s to transmit.

Offering 1001 dances for the future, 1001 nuances of what we are and not going around with closed eyes”.

While writing the first lines of this new project description last year, little did I know that celebrating dance would take on this new dimension in 2021.
Little did I know that these would be our first creative, danced gatherings after a long, spaceless time without meeting bodily, with a lack of real connection and of closeness… all of those things that are deeply etched into our lives and our beings as dancers and choreographers.

We need physical dialogue; we need to transmit, through our bodies, everything stored by our bodies; everything they hold - perspiring, bubbling over.
We need to communicate what we are and what we feel, though we may be locked in, masked and far away.
We need the power and usefulness of movement and of space, of discoveries, travel and sharing... of those bonds that motivate us.
Deep inside, I’m convinced that these “One thousand and one dances for 2021” will be vital for the whole crew. They’ll be brimming with a new quality that will inhabit all our lives and our dance. A certain taste for freedom, the value of which we had almost forgotten.
The value of our profession, sharing that taste for freedom.
And the value of that freedom in going towards one another.

Thomas Lebrun

Artistic Team

Lead by choreographer Thomas Lebrun, this team gathers lighting designer Françoise Michel, sound designer Maxime Fabre and 15 amazing dancers from 22 to 50 years old. This team who claims its diversity, cultural or physical, professional or personal, comes together around the passion of dance and hard work.

Thomas Lebrun

Thomas Lebrun


Françoise Michel

Françoise Michel

Lighting Designer

Dancers Mille et une danses

15 dancers


Co-producing Partners

Montpellier Danse


Les Halles de Schaerbeek - Bruxelles


Scène nationale d'Albi


Touka Danses - CDCN Guyane


Équinoxe – Scène nationale de Châteauroux


La Rampe-La Ponatière, Scène conventionnée-Échirolles


Théâtre La passerelle – Scène Nationale de Gap et des Alpes du Sud


MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard


La Maison/Nevers, scène conventionnée d’intérêt national Art en territoire


La Scène nationale d'Orléans



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