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PUZ/ZLE

Fondation BNP Paribas 2012

Choreographer(s) : Cherkaoui, Sidi Larbi (Belgium)

Present in collection(s): Fondation BNP Paribas

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PUZ/ZLE

Fondation BNP Paribas 2012

Choreographer(s) : Cherkaoui, Sidi Larbi (Belgium)

Present in collection(s): Fondation BNP Paribas

en fr

PUZ/ZLE

 In Puz/zle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns in a more abstract fashion to the notion of the multiple and of multiplicity rooted in our thought processes and the added question of how things fit together to create a new and distinct identity (like a jigsaw puzzle). Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is intrigued by why certain connections succeed in coming together as an organic whole while others fail. And whether they actually fail or if the failure lies in our perception of order and disorder. He aims then to question the seeming importance of order and linearity and to explore if there can be more than one way of solving a puzzle, of telling a tale, of living time.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui questions and highlights the puzzles that lie behind human relations (emotional, intellectual, sexual), the morphology of the body, and intangibles like musical traditions inspired by and woven together from separate and multiple strands and traditions (so a liturgical composition sung in Spain might have Arabic roots, buried in the sands of time).

With A Filetta, the Corsican polyphonic group (his companions in In Memoriam and Apocrifu), the Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage (also seen in Origine) and the Japanese percussionist and flautist Kazunari Abe by his side to dissect how a song, a composition can have various sources all at once, religious and secular, Christian and Muslim, and how traditions that we so easily name European or Oriental are never that definable and monolithic, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui salutes the delightful impurity that constitutes our lives and our planet.

Cherkaoui, Sidi Larbi

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical Anonymous Society. Since then, he has made more than 20 fully-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of prestigious awards.

In 2008, Sadler’s Wells named him as an Associate Artist, and since 2010 he has been artistic director of the Festival Equilibrio in Rome. He also has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Royal Ballet Flanders and will take up the post on 1 September 2015.

While Cherkaoui’s initial pieces ("Rien de Rien", "Foi", "Tempus Fugit") were made as a core member of the Belgian collective les ballets C de la B, he also made work that both expanded and consolidated his artist vision: "Ook" (2000) with Nienke Reehorst and the mentally disabled actors of Theater Stap, "D’avant" (2002) with Damien Jalet and dancer-singers of the Sasha Waltz & Guests company and zero degrees (2005) with Akram Khan. Between 2006-2009, during his stint as associate artist at Het Toneelhuis in Antwerp, he extended his exploration of the equations between self and otherness through "Sutra" (2008), his dialogue with the warrior monks of the Shaolin Temple and "Dunas" (2009) alongside flamenco bailaora, Maria Pagés, and "Play" (2010) with kutchipudi danseuse Shantala Shivalingappa.

In 2010, with the founding of his company Eastman (in residence at deSingel International Artcampus) in Antwerp, Cherkaoui began a new phase in his trajectory, marked by the multiple-award-winning Babel, co-choreographed with Damien Jalet and designed by Antony Gormley. "TeZukA" (2011) – his homage to Osamu Tezuka, the founding father of modern manga – and "Puz/zle" (2012) followed. 2013 saw the premiere of 4D and "生长genesis" (Eastman), "Boléro" (co-created with Damien Jalet and Marina Abramovic, for the Ballet of the Opera of Paris) and "M¡longa" (for Sadler’s Wells).

He continues to work with a variety of theatres, opera houses and ballet companies from the world (Dutch National Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, GöteborgsOperan Danskompani, Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon in Tokyo, Stuttgart Ballet. Los Angeles Dance Company). Cherkaoui also received much international acclaim for his choreography in Joe Wright’s feature film Anna Karenina (2012). Cherkaoui directed and choreographed Shell Shock (2014), an opera for La Monnaie (Brussels) with music by Nicholas Lens and text by Nick Cave.

In 2015, Cherkaoui directed his first full-length theatre production Pluto based on the award-winning manga series by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki at Bunkamura in Tokyo, bringing 

the beloved manga character Astro Boy to life on stage, and was movement director for Lyndsey Turner's Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican Centre in London. He also made a trio Harbor Me, and choreographed a new Firebird for Stuttgart Ballet. In the same year, Cherkaoui created a new production Fractus V for his company Eastman, in which he also performs, and made his first work for the Royal Ballet of Flanders Fall. 

Cherkaoui assumed the role of artistic director at the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2015. He is also associate artist at Sadler’s Wells, London, guest artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company, as well as dance director of Festival Equilibrio in Rome.


Source: Eastman⎜Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


More information : east-man.be

Puz/zle

Artistic direction / Conception : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Choreography : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Choreography assistance : Nienke Reehorst ; Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Helder Seabra ;

Interpretation : Navala 'Niku' Chaudhari, Leif Federico Firnhaber, Damien Fournier, Mohamed 'Ben Fury' Benaji, Louise Michel Jackson, Kazutomi 'Tsuki' Kozuki, Elias Lazaridis, Nicola Leahey, Sang-Hun Lee, Shintaro Oue, Valgerður 'Vala' Rúnarsdóttir, Helder Seabra, Elie Tass, Michael Watts, Satoshi Kudo

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Damien Jalet ; Guy Cools, An-Marie Lambrechts, Gabriele Miracle ; Olga Wojciechowska (musique) ; Elisabeth Kinn Svensson (costume) ;

Original music : Jean-Claude Acquaviva, Kazunari Abe, Olga Wojciechowska

Live music : A Filetta, Kazunari Abe, Fadia Tomb El-Hage

Additionnal music : Bruno Coulais, Tavagna, traditional music from Corsica, Japan and the Middle-east

Video conception : Paul Van Caudenberg

Lights : Adam Carrée

Costumes : Miharu Toriyama

Settings : Filip Peeters, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Technical direction : Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen

Sound : Jens Drieghe ; Rémi Grasso

Other collaborations : Technique : Tom Van Aken ; Mathias Batsleer ; Patrick Liénart

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Esther Michiels, Sofie De Schutter ; Karthika Naïr ; Lies Martens ; Eastman ; deSingel (Antwerp), Festival d’Avignon, Sadler’s Wells (London), Opéra de Lille, Theaterfestival Boulevard ('s HertogenBosch), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, La Filature Scène Nationale (Mulhouse), Festspielhaus Sankt-Pölten, Fondazione Musica per Roma, düsseldorf festival!

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