Trained as a remedial educationalist, Alain Platel is an autodidact stage director living in Ghent, Belgium. In 1984 he formed a collective with friends and family members that would later become Les Ballets C de la B. In the 90s, the company was propelled to international stardom with pieces such as Bonjour Madame (1993), La Tristeza Complice (1995) and Iets op Bach (1998). Alain Platel is an atypical performance-maker who constantly renews his work and composes both intimate and large-scale pieces. He works with professional artists of all backgrounds (vsprs, 2006; Pitié!, 2008; Out of Context, 2010; Tauberbach, 2014; Nicht Schlafen, 2016) but also collaborates with people from all walks of life such as former transvestites (Gardenia, 2010), Congolese musicians (Coup Fatal, 2014; Requiem pour L., 2018), amateur choirs and brass bands (Coup de Chœurs, 2006; En Avant Marche!, 2015), local citizens from his native town (Le Sacre du Printemps, 2018) or a pack of dogs (Wolf, 2003). Over the years Alain Platel has received a multitude of international awards, including the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (2015) and the Gold Medal of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts (2016).