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Babel 7.16

Webcast From December 8 To 19, 2021

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At the crossroads of dance, theatre and music, 23 dancers of diverse backgrounds come together with fantastic energy in Babel 7.16, a show by Belgian choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. An exhilarating and exotic journey where all languages meet and mingle.

Created especially for the 2016 Avignon Festival and filmed in the Court of Honour of the Papal Palace, Babel 7.16 is an update/recreation of Babel(words), the emblematic piece created by Cherkaoui and Jalet in 2010. Babel 7.16 borrows its title and its tone from the book of Genesis, which seeks to explain why people are scattered over the earth and why they speak different languages. The two choreographers have brought together 23 dancers from 15 different countries, each defending their culture, their nationality, and their spoken and physical language. Among them is Francis Ducharme, a dancer and actor from Quebec. On stage, singers and musicians take us on a journey of hybrid sounds. They transport us to India with Mahabub Khan and Sattar Khan, to Japan with the Taiko (Shogo Yoshii’s enormous Japanese drums), and to medieval Italy with Gabriele Miracle’s percussion and the voice of soprano Patrizia Bovi. English sculptor Antony Gormley designed the set, which features imposing three-dimensional metal structures that the artists manipulate in full view. From private to public, from intimacy to extroversion, from the individual to the collective: Babel 7.16.


  • Producer / Presenter : Danse Danse
  • Venue : Webcast
  • Crédit photo : Christophe Raynaud de Lage
Performance presented WITHOUT physical distancing

Procedural masks must be worn at all times

Vaccine passport required
Performance presented WITHOUT physical distancing

Procedural masks must be worn at all times

Vaccine passport required

Please note that this show will be presented in a performance hall that can be filled to maximum capacity, which means that physical distancing does not apply once spectators are sitting in their assigned seats.

To attend the performance, ticketholders must comply with the usual health and safety measures, in addition to meeting the following two criteria:

  • All spectators aged 13 and up must show a vaccine passport, along with a proof of ID, at the entrance to the performance hall. A photo ID is required for people of ages 16 to 74.

  • All spectators aged 10 and up must wear a procedural mask at all times: when circulating and during the performance (masks are also strongly recommended for children of ages 2 to 9).

For more information on the health and safety measures in effect at Place des Arts or to read our FAQ, please see the COVID-19 page.

Streaming available from December 8, 00:01 am to December 19, 11:59 pm, at the time of your choosing.

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