Alain Platel is is trained as a remedial educationalist, and is an autodidact director. In 1984 he set up a small group with a number of friends and relatives to work collectively. The yearning for something transcending the individual is becoming more and more palpable in his work. For years, the tension between the group and the individual have been the central theme in Platel’s performances. But let it be clear, Platel is not just into large scale projects. Meanwhile, les ballets C de la B undoubtedly belongs to the international top. With productions such as La Tristeza Complice (1995), Bernadetje (1996), Wolf (2003), Nine Finger (2007), Out of context - for Pina (2010), Gardenia (2010) en C(H)OEURS (2012) , the director has earned himself a definite spot in the world of contemporary dance and theatre.