Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Nomad

3200 HUF / Student: 2600 HUF

Invited by artistic director of 420PEOPLE, Václav Kuneš, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui presented a work-in-progress at the Czech dance festival Tanec Praha in 2017, a performance titled Nomad - with dancers of Eastman (Nemo Oeghoede, Antonin Rioche, Nicola Leahey and Mabrouk Gouicem) and 420PEOPLE (Francesca Maria Amante, Sabine Groenendijk, Vojtěch Rak and Filip Staněk). From this artistic research originates a new creation in 2019, in which Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Eastman further develop Nomad into a full-length performance.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui pieces together a mosaic drawn from the animate and inanimate elements of the desert. Meanwhile, from the dance floor, we get glimpses of the fluidity and adaptability of creatures that thrive in the harshest of conditions; the beautiful transience of sand dunes and winds that change direction and shape and speed in the twinkling of an eye; the intense physical and emotional thirst, the yearning for water and safety, for consolation that guide both animal actions and the human quest for spirituality. And above all, the spirit of togetherness, of friendship and symbiosis, key to survival and evolution in an arid world that would be insurmountable alone.

After Qutb, Mosaic and StoicNomad is the fourth piece with music by Basement Jaxx artist Felix Buxton, based on the Middle-East. Also, it is the fourth collaboration with fashion designer Jan-Jan Van Essche, after Icon, Satyagraha and Memento Mori. His costumes for Nomadare inspired by the richness of fabrics that inhabitants of the desert wear to protect themselves from the heat. And just like in Faun, there’s a giant image filling the back of the stage: Not a forest this time, but a desert. This desolate landscape is a metaphor for ultimate freedom, but also for the impossibility to survive. We even get the feeling that this landscape is not in our own trusted world, especially when the animated backdrop shows the earth floating above the horizon like a moon. The dancing nomads seem to be isolated in this environment, like the world today sometimes seems like a desert in the eyes of minority groups, a dangerous place to be in.

Choreography & directed by
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Music composition
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Felix Buxton, Kaspy N’dia

Additional music
Yarkin featuring The Sufi Vocal Masters, Al Adhan, Al Qantarah, Fadia Tomb El-Hage, Oli Savill (Percussion), traditional songs from the Amami islands in Japan

Sound design
Felix Buxton

Dance
Mabrouk Gouicem, Nemo Oeghoede, Wang Qing, Stephanie Amurao, Verdiano Cassone, Pol Van den Broek, Mohamed Toukabri, Kazutomi ‘Tsuki’ Kozuki, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Oscar Ramos

Costumes
Jan-Jan Van Essche

Set design
Willy Cessa, Adam Carrée

Light design
Willy Cessa, Sam Mary

Video design
Paul Van Caudenberg

Assistant choreographer / rehearsal director
Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Oscar Ramos

Artistic advisor and associate
Václav Kuneš

Vocal coach
Anna Sato

Music engineered by
Duncan F. Brown

Technical director
Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen

Stage manager
Michael Pellis

Wardrobe
Caroline Wittemans

Implementation set
Martin Baarda

Sound
Elric Reinartz

Production
Eline Lenaerts

Produced by
Eastman

Co-commissioned by
420PEOPLE, Cultuurcentrum Berchem

Thanks to
Francesca Maria Amante, Sabine Groenendijk, Vojtěch Rak, Antonin Rioche, Filip Staněk, Nicola Leahey, Jason Kittelberger, Satyagraha dancers of Eastman/Theater Basel, Karthika Naïr, Carly Heathcote.

With the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation, the Flemish Government and the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter programme.

Eastman is resident at deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp.

Eastman is represented by Maïa - Arts / Emmanuelle de Varax

BNP Paribas Foundation, Vlaamse Overheid, The Belgian Federal Government's Tax Shelter programme

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