Archive for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Back to the valley: Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui revisit Paul Bowles

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Take two renowned choreographers, put them on stage together and you’re sure to draw a good crowd. But for anyone buying a ticket there’s always that fear: will those choreographers, with their busy schedules, be able to devote enough time to such a one-off collaboration and come up with something good? Unfortunately, IT 3.0, by Belgian choreographers Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, presented at Toneelhuis (Antwerp) – only  four performances – showed two choreographers struggling with their past and ways to update it.

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui nominated twice for British Olivier Awards

Posted in dance with tags , , , on February 19, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui‘s (and Damien Jalet’s ) hit Babel (review here) just received two nominations for the 35th edition of the Laurence Olivier Awards, rewarding the most exciting shows shown on London’s stages. Babel was nominated as ‘best new dance production’, and British sculptor Antony Gormley received a nomination for his remarkable set and visual design in the category ‘outstanding achievement in dance’. The winners will be announced on March 13. Next month the Belgian/Moroccan choreographer will start working on a new production, Tezuka, which will premiere in London, early September. In 2009 the Royal Ballet of Flanders was nominated twice as well for the Olivier Awards. Their Impressing the czar won the award for ‘best new dance production’. All info here.

Elegant and playful: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Shantala Shivalingappa (‘Play’)

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

Play. As in: playful. Because that’s what the collaboration between Belgian dancer/choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa yields: a playful, light and entertaining performance. Two talented dancers dancing ánd singing, with live music by four musicians with diverse backgrounds. Play, dedicated to Pina Bausch, premiered last week at deSingel (Antwerp). Continue reading

Build it up and tear it down: ‘Babel’ by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

How often does it happen that the audience applauds, spontaneously, dúring a contemporary dance performance? And even at several occasions? It’s impossible not to be swept away by Babel, the new performance by choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet and visual artist Antony Gormley, which premiered at De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels). But that applause is an indication of a rather annoying aspect of this performance too: it is too eagerly trying to please.

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A must-see: Antony Gormley at Xavier Hufkens

Posted in art with tags , , , , on September 25, 2009 by Utopia Parkway



Works of art I’ll never forget, part 37: standing on the terrace of London’s  Hayward Gallery, looking at the skyline and discovering 31 man-sized figures, placed on top of buildings in the near and far distance (pictures: here). I’ve since become intrigued by the work of British sculptor Antony Gormley. He is showing recent work at gallery Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover one of Britain’s most renowned artists.

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