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Six dancers on a square in the city, in the open air. They are performing Boris Charmatz’ new piece, danse de nuit. Using minimal resources, they are dancing a brutal choreography. They also talk, including the words of an emergency doctor after the shooting at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Charmatz – his exceptional performances making him a Holland Festival favourite – is now exploring the limits of what is permissible behaviour. What do we do when we are confronted with brutal violence in our society? What chance does civilised behaviour have?