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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui



Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui made his choreographic debut in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical, Anonymous Society. Since then he has made more than 50 pieces and won several awards, including two Olivier Awards, three Ballet Tanz awards for best choreographer (2008, 2011, 2017) and the Kairos Prize (2009) for his artistic vision and his quest for intercultural dialogue.

Cherkaoui’s initial pieces were made at Les Ballets C de la B – Rien de Rien (2000), Foi (2003) and Tempus Fugit (2004). He undertook parallel projects that both expanded and consolidated his artistic vision; d’avant (2002) with longstanding artistic partner Damien Jalet at Sasha Waltz & Guests company and zero degrees (2005) with Akram Khan. He has worked with a variety of theatres, opera houses and ballet companies. From 2004–2009 Cherkaoui was based in Antwerp as artist in residence at Toneelhuis, which produced Myth (2007) and Origine (2008).

In 2008 Cherkaoui created Sutra, which had its premiere at Sadler’s Wells. This award-winning collaboration with artist Antony Gormley and the Shaolin monks continues to tour the world to great critical acclaim. After his first commissioned piece in North America, Orbo Novo (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) and a series of duets including Faun (first performed at Sadler’s Wells as part of In the Spirit of Diaghilev) and Dunas with flamenco danseuse María Pagés (both 2009), he launched his own company Eastman, resident at deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp).

His works since then include Babel(words) (2010), a collaboration with Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley that won an Olivier, duets Rein, Play and Bound (all 2010), TeZukA and Labyrinth for Dutch National Ballet (2011), the Olivier-award winning Puz/zle (2012), choreography for Joe Wright’s film Anna Karenina (2012), 4D and ??genesis for Eastman (2013), Boléro for Paris Opera Ballet (2013), Harbor Me for L.A. Dance Project (2015), Firebird for Stuttgart Ballet (2015) and Fractus V for Eastman, in which he also performs (2015).

In 2015, Cherkaoui directed his first full-length theatre production, Pluto at Bunkamura in Tokyo, and was movement director for Lyndsey Turner's Hamlet at the Barbican. The same year, Cherkaoui assumed the role of artistic director at the Royal Ballet Flanders, where he has created Fall (2015), Exhibition (2016) and Requiem (2017). He combines this function with his title as artistic director of Eastman and keeps creating new work along with the artistic entourage of this company, for example Qutb (2016), a trio commissioned by Natalia Osipova, the operas Les Indes Galantes (2016) for the Bayerische Staatsoper and Satyagraha (2017) for Theater Basel, Icon (2016) for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Mosaic (2017) for Martha Graham Dance Company. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is also associate artist at Sadler’s Wells, London.

News and features

Watch LIVE: The Royal Ballet rehearse Medusa on 23 April 2019

18 April 2019
Watch LIVE: The Royal Ballet rehearse <em>Medusa</em> on 23 April 2019

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