Three acclaimed choreographers created three inimitable dance works to the same piece of music, Beethoven’s Grande Fugue op. 133.

Lucinda Childs’ interpretation exemplifies her meticulous precision and cool, complex classicism. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker responds with an uninhibited, masculine and non-classical vocabulary, whilst Maguy Marin creates an exhilarating whirlwind where life is reduced to a race against death.

Trois Grandes Fugues is a chance to see three personal and sophisticated responses to Beethoven’s impassioned score, and Dance Umbrella was delighted to welcome the world class dancers of Lyon Opera Ballet back to Sadler’s Wells after more than a decade.


“Each dance could serve as a stylistic manifesto for the choreographer, and each received its full due from the remarkable ensemble of dancers”  New York Times


Choreographer Lucinda Childs

Assistant Cailtlin Scranton

Scenography / Lighting / Costumes Dominique Drillot



Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Staging Jean-Luc Ducourt

Decor / Lighting Jan Joris Lamers

Costumes Ann Weckx



Choreographer Maguy Marin

Costumes Chantal Cloupet

Lighting François Renard



Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Sadler’s Wells