Résumé : Optimal control theory has been employed to populate separately two dark states of the acetylene polyad Ns=1, Nr=5 by indirect coupling via the ground state. Relevant level energies and transition dipole moments are extracted from the experimental literature. The optimal pulses are rather simple. The evolution of the populations is shown for the duration of the control process and also for the field free-evolution that follows the control. One of the dark states appears to be a potential target for realistic experimental investigation because the average population of the Rabi oscillation remains high and decoherence is expected to be weak.