Corpsextremes Rachid Ouramdane 11 Pascale Cholette
Show photographer Pascale Cholette

Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse / Rachid Ouramdane: Corps extrêmes

  • 2 performances


  • Duration

    1 H (No intermission)

  • Venue

    Erkko Hall

  • Tickets

    41-21 €

  • Show times

    TUE 24.9. AT 7.30 PM

    WED 25.9. AT 7.30 PM

    Age recommendation + 12 yrs.

    The performance includes spoken French, subtitles in English.


A white climbing wall. A high wire above the stage. A group composed of athletes and artists meet in mid-air, defying gravity and exploring the limits of the human body.

Selected by The New York Times as one of the best dance works of 2023, "Corps extremês," or "Extreme Bodies" in English, blends documentary material with delicate dreamlike qualities, athletic prowess, and daring. The ensemble includes a highliner, a rock climber, and acrobats.

In breathtaking scenes, they test their own physical strength and emotional boundaries. At times, the stage transforms into a huge screen, on which images are projected of magnificent natural landscapes – great vertigo – with the highliner Nathan Paulin and rock climber Nina Caprez in action.

This visually stunning work does not succumb to the easy allure of virtuosity but instead illuminates human nature through the fear and tension revealed in extreme situations.

The performances are a part of Dance House Helsinki's major international guest performance series. The series presents a high-quality, ambitious programme of international guest performances during 2024-2027, with the support of Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

"Corps extrêmes is a meditation on risk, vertigo and fear."

— Le Monde, 2021

“It’s riveting and rather wonderful, full of athletic glory.”

— The Observer, 2023


Ticket information

Standard ticket | 41 / 36 €
Discount ticket | 24 / 21 € Under 25, students, unemployed, civil servants and conscripts. Please be prepared to present a certificate entitling you to a discount.
Pensioners | 37 / 32 €
Professional ticket | 24 € Members of STST and SVÄV: 26 €. Purchase limit one ticket.
Group ticket | 35 / 30 € person (10 persons and above). Group ticketes can be purchased online or contact Dance House Helsinki:

Pay What You Can | A small number of "Pay What You Can" tickets are also on sale for the performance. Sold out! Read more about Pay What You Can tickets and other ticket information.

Note: To ensure good visibility to everyone, The Erkko Hall auditorium is steep. Please note that there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible.


Conception: Rachid Ouramdane
: Jean-Baptiste Julien
Video: Jean-Camille Goimard
Lighting: Stéphane Graillot
Costumes: Camille Panin
Stage Manager: Sylvain Giraudeau
Sound Manager: Laurent Lechenault
Choreography Assistant: Mayalen Otondo
Tour Manager: Juliette Bones


Rachid Ouramdane – choreography

At the age of twelve, Rachid Ouramdane discovered dance through hip-hop. He also took intensive courses in classical and modern dance. In the early 1990s, he dropped out of his studies in biology to devote himself fulltime to dance and joined the Centre national de danse contemporaine in Angers. As a performer and choreographer, he has worked with Meg Stuart, Odile Duboc, Hervé Robbe, Alain Buffard, Christian Rizzo, Julie Nioche and Emmanuelle Huynh. Rachid Ouramdane's creations are often marked by the seal of testi- mony and intimate experience (refugee children, victims of torture or natural disasters, amateur athletes, etc.) from which he weaves a structured choreography. Rachid Ouramdane collaborates with cir- cus artists, authors, visual artists, and musicians for his own creations as well as for commissioned works and workshops. With an ambitious project based on diversity and hospitality, he has been director of Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse in Paris since April 2021.

Nathan Paulin – highline

Nathan Paulin is a highliner, a modern tightrope walker, born in 1994 and living in the village of Le Reposoir in the French Alps. Passionate by mountains since his youth, he started slacklining in 2011. Finding a real inner peace in this activity mixing intense concentration and body control, his progression is fast, so much so that he is among the best in the world in this discipline since 2013. He now holds a dozen World Records, his longest crossing being a 2240m long highline on the Mont Saint-Michel in May 2022. For various events and shows, he illustrates himself on prestigious French monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Defense, the Palais de Chaillot, the Pont du Gard. Pushing his limits, each time more, is one of the reasons that incited Nathan Paulin to undertake longer and longer crossings. The search for unusual places and the aesthetics of these sites is now his main source of motivation. Nathan Paulin also practices various mountain sports such as paragliding, mountaineering, skiing, biking and trail running. These daily practices in his place of life bring him a primordial balance: a mental and physical preparation fully serving his job as a tightrope walker.

Nina Caprez – climbing

Nina Caprez sees climbing as a way of finding truth, facing herself with each move - the good, the bad and the ugly. Growing up on a farm in Switzerland, Nina feels most at home outside, having the sky as her roof and the earth as her bed. As a self-professed 'bon vivant hippy' she seeks an emotional calling to each project, but don’t for one second think that she is flighty. Nina can be as sharp as a Swiss knife (which is one of her nicknames), efficiently climbing, training hard and expressing herself completely through her spot. She knows what a privilege it is to live a climbing gypsy life, feeling gratitude even on the days she doesn’t send.

Airelle Caen – acrobat

After training at the National Circus Schools of Châtellerault and Lomme, where she specialised in acrobatic handstands, Airelle Caen joined the company Le Fardeau for the show L’incident (2004). Co-founder of the company XY that same year, she participated in all their shows: Laissez-Porter (2005), Le Grand C (2009) and Il n’est pas encore minuit... (2014). She also contributed to the work of the company MPTA with on location performances of Utopistes (2011). In 2016, she co-wrote and co-directed Halka, with the Acrobatic Group of Tangier. As an artistic collaborator, she was involved in O let me weep (2018), created by the company Les mains sales. Alongside the company XY, she performed in the show Strach, a fear song (2018) of the Théâtre d’Un Jour. She also worked on the creation of Möbius in 2019, a production of the collective - conceived in collaboration with Rachid Ouramdane - and then joined the artistic team of the Corps extrêmes in 2020.


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