Alain Platel is a Belgian dance theatre artist. His performances can be seen ‘hard to classify’. He often works with children and fairground performers. He is the driving force of the company Les Ballets C. de la B. Platel has always encouraged young and talented choreographers and dancers to join the collective, including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Platel has won several international awards, including the prestigious Prix Nouvelle Réalités Théâtrales in 2001 from the European Union.