Created especially for the 2016 Avignon Festival and filmed in the Court of Honour of the Papal Palace, Babel 7.16 is an update/recreation of Babel(words), the emblematic piece created by Cherkaoui and Jalet in 2010. Babel 7.16 borrows its title and its tone from the book of Genesis, which seeks to explain why people are scattered over the earth and why they speak different languages. The two choreographers have brought together 22 dancers from 15 different countries, each defending their culture, their nationality, and their spoken and physical language. Among them is Francis Ducharme, a dancer and actor from Quebec. On stage, singers and musicians take us on a journey of hybrid sounds. They transport us to India with Mahabub Khan and Sattar Khan, to Japan with the Taiko (Shogo Yoshii’s enormous Japanese drums), and to medieval Italy with Gabriele Miracle’s percussion and the voice of soprano Patrizia Bovi. English sculptor Antony Gormley designed the set, which features imposing three-dimensional metal structures that the artists manipulate in full view. From private to public, from intimacy to extroversion, from the individual to the collective: Babel 7.16.
IN ADDITION TO THE FILM
In the documentary After Babel, choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, performer Francis Ducharme and artist Antony Gormley share their recollections and reflections on the creation of Babel. These testimonies reveal the inspirations at the heart of this ode to coexistence, addressing the major themes of communication, identity, borders, language and creation.
Duration: 20 min.
Produced by Filigrane Archives
This DIGIDANCE webcast is an initiative of Centre national des Arts (Ottawa), DanceHouse (Vancouver), Danse Danse (Montréal) and Harbourfront Centre (Toronto).
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Photo © Tristam Kenton.
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 tha...Read more about Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Photo © Mats Bäcker.
Damien Jalet is an independent Belgian and French choreographer and dancer whose work has been presented all over the world. Interested in the capacity of dance constantly reinventing itself by conversing with other media such as visual art, music, cinema, theatre and fashion; his works are often collaborative. He worked as a choreographer and dancer for companies such as Ballet C. de la B., Sasha Waltz and Guests, Chunky M...Read more about Damien Jalet
Founded in 2010, Eastman was set up to produce and promote the work of its artistic director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Cherkaoui’s non-hierarchical thinking on movement, body language and culture is the basis of his artistic approach. His work offers the audience a vast array of projects and collaborations across many 6 forms of performance including contemporary dance, theatre, ballet, opera and music. His non-hierarchical t...Read more about Eastman