31 rue Vandenbranden

(2018) Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier and Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon

31 rue Vandenbranden is a creation by Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier with the ballet of the Opéra de Lyon. The production premiered on 11 September 2018 as the opening of the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon. It is an adaptation of Peeping Tom’s original creation 32 rue Vandenbranden.

The original production 32 rue Vandenbranden was inspired by the Japanese film The Ballad of Narayama, in which an old woman is taken to the top of a mountain by her children, to die. In 31 rue Vandenbranden, we return to this snowy mountain top under a wide-open sky. Only two rickety caravans offer protection to the elements of nature. The inhabitants of this isolated community are confronted with their loneliness and subconscious. The space in which they live is filled with hopelessness and melancholy, while at the same time being poetic and beautiful. Gradually, the borders between what happens in reality and what is imagined become blurred.

Discover more on the website of the Opéra de Lyon

In 2015, 32 rue Vandenbranden won a prestigious Olivier Award in London in the category ‘Best new dance production’.

Concept and adaptation: Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier
With the dancers of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon
Mezzo-soprano: Eurudike De Beul

Inspired by 32 rue Vandenbranden, a Peeping Tom production:
Concept & Direction: Gabriela Carrizo, Franck Chartier
Dance & creation: Jos Baker, Eurudike De Beul, Marie Gyselbrecht, Hun-Mok Jung, Maria Carolina Vieira (before: Sabine Molenaar), Seoljin Kim
Dramaturgy: Hildegard De Vuyst en Nico Leunen
Sound composition : Juan Carlos Tolosa, Glenn Vervliet
Set design: Peeping Tom, Nele Dirckx, Yves Leirs, Frederik Liekens
Lighting design: Filip Timmerman, Yves Leirs
Costumes: Diane Fourdrignier, HyoJung Jang


"We constantly go from laughter to fear in this tragic but often comic tale, and the troupe shows its force in both registers..."
Télérama 13.09.2018 (in French)

"A well-deserved opener for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon. [...] Bluffing images, hallucinating music and, above all, dislocated yet wildly beautiful images."
Le Progrès 12.09.2018 (in French)


"Peeping Tom, cinégénies des planches."
Libération 06.09.2018 (in French)

"L'Opéra de Lyon met la Rue Vandenbranden sur son 31."
Libération 06.09.2018 (in French)


19-20 Sep 2019 Festival Dance Inversion Moscow (RU)



11-15 Sep 2018 Biennale de la Danse Lyon (FR)


24 Jun 2019 Montpellier Danse Montpellier (FR)