SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI

Choreographer / Dancer

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical, Anonymous Society. Since then he has made over 50 full-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of awards, including two Olivier Awards, three Ballet Tanz awards for best choreographer (2008, 2011, 2017) and the Kairos Prize (2009) for his artistic vision and his quest for intercultural dialogue.

In 2008 Cherkaoui premiered Sutra at Sadler’s Wells. This award-winning collaboration with artist Sir Antony Gormley and Shaolin monks continues to tour the world to great critical acclaim. After his first commissioned piece in North America, Orbo Novo (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) and a series of duets such as Faun and Dunas with flamenco danseuse María Pagés (both 2009), he launched his own company Eastman, resident at deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp).

Spring 2010 saw him working with choreographer Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley to make Babel(words) which won an Olivier. That same year he created Rein, a duet featuring Guro Nagelhus Schia and Vebjørn Sundby, as well as Play, a duet with Kuchipudi danseuse Shantala Shivalingappa and Bound, a duet for Shanell Winlock and Gregory Maqoma as part of Southern Bound Comfort. In 2011 he created TeZukA and Labyrinth (for the Dutch National Ballet). In 2012 he created Puz/zle, gaining him a second Olivier. That year he also collaborated with Joe Wright on his film Anna Karenina, for which Cherkaoui helmed the choreography.

2013 saw the premiere of 4D and 生长genesis, Boléro (co-created with Damien Jalet and Marina Abramović, for the Paris Opera Ballet), and m¡longa (Sadler’s Wells). He reunited with Joe Wright to co-direct A Season in the Congo at The Young Vic. In 2014, he created Noetic for the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Mercy (from Solo for Two) for Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, which they performed at the London Coliseum and he directed his first opera, Shell Shock, for La Monnaie, with music by Nicholas Lens and text by Nick Cave.

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Since 2015, Cherkaoui assumed the role of artistic director at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, where he has created Fall (2015), Exhibition (2016) and Requiem (2017). He combines this function with his title as artistic director of Eastman and keeps creating new work along with the artistic entourage of this company, for example Qutb (2016), a trio commissioned by Natalia Osipova, Icon (2016) and Stoic (2018) for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Mosaic (2017) for Martha Graham Dance Company. He directed the operas Les Indes galantes (2016) and Alceste (2019) for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Satyagraha (2017) for Theater Basel and Pelléas et Mélisande (2018) with Damien Jalet and Marina Abramović for Opera Vlaanderen.

In 2018, he collaborated with Beyonce for the third time by choreographing the dance in the music video for Apeshit. The music video went on to receive 8 nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration, Best Direction and Best Choreography, and won two. It’s also nominated for Best Music Video at the Grammys.

He also choreographed for the award winning Belgian film – Girl (2018) by Lukas Dhont, and for Broadway musical – Jagged Little Pill (2018), directed by Diane Paulus and with a book by Diablo Cody. The musical is inspired by the 1995 album of the same name by Alanis Morissette.

Sidi Larbi’s works Sutra and Play were presented in Penang as part of George Town Festival 2014 and 2015 respectively. 

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SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI

Choreographer / Dancer

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical, Anonymous Society. Since then he has made over 50 full-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of awards, including two Olivier Awards, three Ballet Tanz awards for best choreographer (2008, 2011, 2017) and the Kairos Prize (2009) for his artistic vision and his quest for intercultural dialogue.

In 2008 Cherkaoui premiered Sutra at Sadler’s Wells. This award-winning collaboration with artist Sir Antony Gormley and Shaolin monks continues to tour the world to great critical acclaim. After his first commissioned piece in North America, Orbo Novo (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) and a series of duets such as Faun and Dunas with flamenco danseuse María Pagés (both 2009), he launched his own company Eastman, resident at deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp).

Spring 2010 saw him working with choreographer Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley to make Babel(words) which won an Olivier. That same year he created Rein, a duet featuring Guro Nagelhus Schia and Vebjørn Sundby, as well as Play, a duet with Kuchipudi danseuse Shantala Shivalingappa and Bound, a duet for Shanell Winlock and Gregory Maqoma as part of Southern Bound Comfort. In 2011 he created TeZukA and Labyrinth (for the Dutch National Ballet). In 2012 he created Puz/zle, gaining him a second Olivier. That year he also collaborated with Joe Wright on his film Anna Karenina, for which Cherkaoui helmed the choreography.

2013 saw the premiere of 4D and 生长genesis, Boléro (co-created with Damien Jalet and Marina Abramović, for the Paris Opera Ballet), and m¡longa (Sadler’s Wells). He reunited with Joe Wright to co-direct A Season in the Congo at The Young Vic. In 2014, he created Noetic for the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Mercy (from Solo for Two) for Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, which they performed at the London Coliseum and he directed his first opera, Shell Shock, for La Monnaie, with music by Nicholas Lens and text by Nick Cave.

Since 2015, Cherkaoui assumed the role of artistic director at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, where he has created Fall (2015), Exhibition (2016) and Requiem (2017). He combines this function with his title as artistic director of Eastman and keeps creating new work along with the artistic entourage of this company, for example Qutb (2016), a trio commissioned by Natalia Osipova, Icon (2016) and Stoic (2018) for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Mosaic (2017) for Martha Graham Dance Company. He directed the operas Les Indes galantes (2016) and Alceste (2019) for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Satyagraha (2017) for Theater Basel and Pelléas et Mélisande (2018) with Damien Jalet and Marina Abramović for Opera Vlaanderen.

In 2018, he collaborated with Beyonce for the third time by choreographing the dance in the music video for Apeshit. The music video went on to receive 8 nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration, Best Direction and Best Choreography, and won two. It’s also nominated for Best Music Video at the Grammys.

He also choreographed for the award winning Belgian film – Girl (2018) by Lukas Dhont, and for Broadway musical – Jagged Little Pill (2018), directed by Diane Paulus and with a book by Diablo Cody. The musical is inspired by the 1995 album of the same name by Alanis Morissette.

Sidi Larbi’s works Sutra and Play were presented in Penang as part of George Town Festival 2014 and 2015 respectively. 

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