To the question ‘‘why do you dance? ", Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui responds: ‘‘To honour my ancestors. To bring people together, thanks to the stage. To better understand daily life. To express that which cannot be spoken.”
His talent is to give a universal aspect to all these different reasons for dancing. Accessible and generous, the style of this Flemish choreographer of Moroccan origin carries the imprint of his own multicultural background and sublimates the eclecticism of his aesthetic passions. His artistic vocation is to evoke, line for line, the characteristic features of the masterpieces of Flemish primitive painting while imitating the dance steps of Michael Jackson.
In testimony to his new creation, Puz/zle, he unites dancers and musicians from distant horizons: the polyphonic Corsican group A Filetta provides a foundation for Lebanese singer Fadia El-Hage. From this highly original Mediterranean alliance, he sets in a new light the multiple facets (carnal, musical, intellectual or emotional) that compose the grand puzzle of human history.
Choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Choreographer assistant, director of repetitions Nienke Reehorst
Assistants Jon Filip Fahlstrom, Helder Seabra
Artistic consultant Damien Jalet
Music A Filetta, Kazunari Abe, Fadia Tomb El-Hage
Registered music Olga Wojciechowska
Scenography Filip Peeters, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Lights Adam Carrée
Costumes Miharu Toriyama
Video Paul Van Caudenberg
A Filetta Corsican polyphony group
Kazunari Abe drums (Japan)
Fadia Tomb El-Hage vocal (Libanon)
Dancers : Navala Chaudhari, Leif Federico Firnhaber, Damien Fournier, Ben Fury, Louise Michel Jackson, Kazutomi Kozuki, Sang-Hun Lee, Valgerdur Rúnarsdóttir, Elie Tass, Michael Watts
FR 30 NOVEMBER AT 9:30 PM
with the artists following the performance. Free admission.
CATERING AND BAR AT THE ROTONDE
from 6.30pm (access by the Ticket Office on Leon Trulin Street) and after the performance.
WE 28 NOVEMBER 6pm
MEDITERRANEA, land of voices
With Johanne Cassar soprano, Laurent Wagshal piano
Corsican Songs de Tomasi and other songs by Debussy, Albeniz, De Falla, Ravel.
This conert is part of the Wednesday Concert series.
1h45 without intermission
Individual ticket sales start Saturday 8 September at 9 am
Eastman - Creation July 2012.
Coproduction Festival d’Avignon, DeSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerpen), Sadler’s Wells (London), Opéra de Lille, Theaterfestival Boulevard-’s Hertogenbosh, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, La Filature, Scène nationale de Mulhouse, Festspielhaus Sankt-Pölten, Equilibro Festival-Rome, Düsseldorf festival. With the support of De Warande (Turnhout). Thanks to Toneelhuis (Antwerpen), Asano Taiko co Ltd.