Presented By Transe Express

Cristal Palace - Woolwich

Duration: 75 minutes

Type: Circus, Dance, Music, Spectacle, Theatre


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Fusing dance, music, acrobatics and spectacle, General Gordon Square will be transformed into a glittering outdoor ballroom, with the help of a giant overhead chandelier, in this high-flying, immersive production from internationally acclaimed Transe Express.

As part of the performance, London-based Mass Movement Director Jeanefer Jean-Charles has collaborated with Transe Express to create a special segment showcasing 7 local  dance groups with new and sampled music from DJ Walde.

Cristal Palace will be performed as part of GDIF’s spectacular Opening Night, transforming the streets and public spaces of Woolwich with art, food, dance, street theatre and a dazzling finale. This is your chance to experience London’s newest and most vibrantly authentic cultural destination at its best.

With thanks to: B40 Youth Dance Company, St Ursula’s, Lotus Youth Dance, Dynamix Youth Dance, Caribbean Social Forum, Skills & Care Greenwich Nepalese Dance Group and Voice of Mauritius.


Watch the trailer


There is step-free access at the performance location.

Photo route

Our photo route details the most accessible route between the nearest public transportation and performance locations. Download our photo route.

Blue badge parking

In Woolwich town centre, blue badge parking is available at Powis Street car park, Tesco car park (free for three hours) and there are several on street blue badge parking spots in the town centre. A drop off and pick up point will also be available on Wellington Street.


Viewing platform

A viewing platform with limited seating will be located at the back of the audience area.

Audio description

Audio description will be available for this performance. A touch tour will also be available an hour before the performance. Contact Elizabeth on or phone 020 8305 5021 to book a headset and a place on the touch tour.

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets at Beresford Square and Vincent Road public toilets in Woolwich.

What to expect

Our what to expect guide might help you pick which shows to see, especially if members of your group have access needs.

  • Kick back and relax
  • Make some noise
  • Sensory spectacle
  • Family friendly
  • Speech free

Where to find it

Cristal Palace will be performed on General Gordon Square, Woolwich, SE18 6FH.

About the show

Founded in 1982 by Brigitte Burdin and Gilles Rhode, Transe Express produces enchanting urban and street performing art. They have built a repertory of 26 plays and the Transe Express crew has introduced their creations to over 62 countries with spectacular shows and gigantic and sophisticated installations.

Cristal Palace idea and staging by Rémi Allaigre, Matthieu Neumann and choreography by Yasminée Lepe Gonzalez and Amélie Kourim.

Cristal Palace was co-produced by the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, Philadelphia.

Image credits: Juan Robert / Cynthia Lexpert

Can't make the show?

Catch another performance of the spectacular Cristal Palace at the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 6 July, 9.30pm, RAD London, Royal Albert Dock, E6 5NE.

Supported by

GDIF’s Opening Night is supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Arts Council England, Woolwich Cultural Destinations, Berkeley and Without Walls.

Cristal Palace is supported by Global Streets.

Rehearsal and dressing room spaces provided by:

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