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A room full of expectation, suggestion and infectious rhythm.

What is fake and what is real? Is the movement the medicine?

Placebo is an invigorating celebration of the power we have to make ourselves feel better, even when things are falling apart.

Seven dancers and an audience reckon with the placebo effect –  attempting a series of experiments to discover what gives them pleasure and what dulls their pain. Movements are repackaged, distorted, multiplied and abandoned, propelled by a rich original score that sweeps mischievously through euphoric club tracks to classical fugues. Sometimes playful, sometimes brutal, Placebo revels in how even something considered ‘fake’ can have very real consequences.

Autumn 2018 tour now on sale:
Salford. The Lowry. 11 – 13 October 2018. Book tickets.
Brighton. Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. 16 – 17 October 2018. Book tickets.
Preston. Derelict at UCLan. 19 – 20 October. Book tickets.
London. The Place. 30 October – 10 November 2018. Book tickets.

Commissioned by The Place.

Placebo is accompanied by The Power of Placebo, a national programme of events that bring together scientists, artists, ethicists and anthropologists, to explore how our attitudes, beliefs, relationships, rituals and environments can affect our health for better or for worse.


Direction – Suzy Willson
Music – Paul Clark
Costume – Art School
Lighting – Hansjörg Schmidt

Performers – Brian Caillet, Chihiro Kawasaki, Elisabeth Schilling, Nathan Goodman, Omar Gordon, Valerie Ebuwa, Yen-Ching Lin

Lead image – Manuel Vason
Production images – Camilla Greenwell
Video – Lisa Cazzato Vieyra

Supported by

The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
The Foyle Foundation