Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

  • Fri 07.05.04 20 h
  • Sat 08.05.04 20 h

Foi deals with one of the central questions of our times: tolerance between different religions and cultures. Using his own idiosyncratic dance language, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui examines myth, legend, and the role of belief in the stories that are passed on from one generation to the next. What survives from the teachings of the past? What traditions are important?

Foi was voted ballet production of the year 2003 in the critics' survey in the ballettanz journal.

»Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings medieval music and the best contemporary dancers together in a way that the result shimmers like a swarm of butterflies - full of irony and dancing force, full of jokes and enviable power... a masterly fusion of Islamic and western culture.« Arnd Wesemann, ballettanz

»The cast is extraordinary, reckless and compelling, and Cherkaoui is clearly a major talent... Foi's visions cut disturbingly close to the bones of our current situation.« The Guardian, 5.4.2003

Direction/Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Created and performed by: Christine Leboutte, Joanna Dudley, Lisbeth Gruwez, Ulrika Kinn Svensson, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Laura Neyskens, Darryl E. Woods, Damien Jalet, Nicolas Vladyslav, Nam Jin Kim, Marc Wagemans, Jo Stone, Alexandra Gilbert
Dramaturgy: Isnel da Silveira
Coaching: Christine De Smedt
Music: Capilla Flamenca, Gunther Vandeven (Countertenor), Jan Caals (Tenor), Lieven Termont (Bariton), Dirk Snellings (Bass), Liam Fennelly (Viola), Jan Van Outryve (Laute), Jowan Merckx (Dudelsack, Blockflöte)
Musical direction: Dirk Snellings
Costume: Isabelle Lhoas
Set Deign: Rufus Didwiszus
Set Construction: Peter De Blieck
Light design: Jeroen Wuyts
Light engineer: Krispijn Schuyesmans
Sound: Eddie Latine
Photography: Kurt van der Elst
Production and Tour management: Iris Raspoet, Hilde Debuck

Production: Les Ballets C. de la B./Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Capilla Flamenca 
Co-producersSchaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Monaco Dance Forum, Holland Festival Oude Muziek & Springdance/works (Utrecht), Vooruit Arts Centre (Gent), Stedelijke Concertzaal De Bijloke (Gent), South Bank Centre (London), Tanzquartier Wien, PACT Zollverein / Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen)
With the support of the Ministry of the Flemish Community, the City of Ghent, Province East Flanders, National Lottery

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