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New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

8–21 May 2019
Main Stage

Acclaimed contemporary choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates his first work for The Royal Ballet

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Background

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is artistic director of Royal Ballet of Flanders as well as artistic director of his own company, Eastman, and associate artist at Sadler's Wells. Cherkaoui's style is eclectic, drawing on his training in many different styles of dance, from ballet to hip-hop via tap, jazz and flamenco. So, his new work, created on The Royal Ballet, will bring yet further, new stylistic fusions to the Company repertory and the Royal Opera House stage.

Cherkaoui has created more than fifty works for companies including Les Ballets C de la B, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Paris Opera Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company. His works often explore themes of cultural difference, religion and spirituality. For example, Sutra (2008) was created in collaboration with artist Antony Gormley and the Shaolin Monks. Following its world premiere at Sadler's Wells, Sutra continues to be performed across the world.