Belgian dance artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is one of the world’s most internationally sought-after choreographers, Artistic Director of Ballet Flanders, and most recently, choreographer of Jagged Little Pill, the new musical featuring the music of Alanis Morissette and choreographer for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s newest music video Apes**t. Read about his collaboration with Beyoncé and Jay-Z in The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
Cherkaoui performs with his company Eastman in Fractus V, a work originally created for the 40th Anniversary of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal and inspired by the political philosophy of Noam Chomsky exploring the production and manipulation of information.
“A thrillingly expansive watch, large with possibilities and potent with ideas” (The Guardian), the work is an amalgamation of cultures featuring five male dancers with diverse movement backgrounds ranging from circus and Lindy-hop to flamenco and hip-hop, and musicians performing a varied composition with influences ranging from Korean, Indian, Congolese, and Japanese.
Eastman’s director, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, discusses his return with his stunning dancers since he made his Pillow debut a decade ago with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in this PillowTalk.
Related video on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive:
- Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui premiered Orbo Novo with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2009
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT EASTMAN & SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI
“Bendy Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui achieves a high-wire balancing act between different media, ideas and angles, at the same time as juggling the eclectic styles of his diverse performers.”
“But as with the best of Charkaoui’s work, Fractus V is a thrillingly expansive watch, large with possibilities and potent with ideas.”
“All of this has helped Mr. Cherkaoui establish an international reputation for his silky intermingling of hybrid movement forms and emotionally intense theater…”
The New York Times
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman
At Jacob’s Pillow: Jul 11 - Jul 15