Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


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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: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Music composition: Sidi Larbi CherkaouiFelix BuxtonKaspy N'dia
Additional music: Fahrettin YarkinSufi Vocal Masters, Al Adhan, Al Qantarah, Fadia Tomb El-HageOli Savilltraditional songs from the Amami islands in Japan
Sound design: Felix Buxton
Dance: Pol Van den BroekNemo OeghoedeOscar RamosShawn Fitzgerald AhernVerdiano CassoneStephanie AmuraoNick CoutsierMohamed ToukabriKazutomi 'Tsuki' KozukiWang Qing, Mabrouk Gouicem
Second cast: Ema Yuasa
Live music: Kaspy N'dia
Costume design: Jan-Jan Van Essche
Set design: Willy CessaAdam Carrée
Light design: Willy CessaSam Mary
Video design: Paul Van Caudenberg
Rehearsal director/assistant choreographer: Oscar RamosShawn Fitzgerald Ahern
Artistic advice: Václav Kuneš
Vocal coach: Anna Sato
Music engineered by: Duncan F. Brown
Technical director: Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen
Wardrobe: Renata Epifanio
Implementation set: Martin Baarda
Technician: Elric Reinartz
Production / tour manager: Eline Lenaerts
Producer: Eastman
Co-producer: 420PEOPLE, Cultuurcentrum Berchem
Thanks to Vojtěch Rak, Nicola Leahey, Filip Staněk, Sabine Groenendijk, Francesca Maria Amante, Antonin Rioche, Jason KittelbergerKarthika Naïr, Dancers of Satyagraha (Eastman/Theater Basel), Carly Heathcote

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

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