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Encouraged by the consistent success he has enjoyed since his very first work, Rien de rien, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui decided to take a break in the early 2000s to spend several months at the Shaolin Temple in China. But he didn’t linger long in the meditation room: his experience among the monks, who are also martial arts experts, inspired him to create Sutra, a journey as personal as it is spectacular. On visual artist Antony Gormley’s versatile set of wooden boxes, to a score by Szymon Brzóska, Larbi stages an acrobatic work marked by precision and spirituality, a display of beautifully tranquil choreography. A journey of discovery guided by a group of young disciples. Under Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s gaze, celestial mountains are transformed into shifting landscapes.
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Born in 1976 to a Belgian mother and Moroccan father, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui makes good use of this mixed identity and dual cultural background. Inquisitive and open-minded, the choreographer melds approaches and traditions, refusing all hierarchies in his modes of expression. What interests him above all are “contact points.” A beloved star of the European stage, he charms spectators the world over with mosaic pieces that are...Read more about Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui