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Sadler’s Wells: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Fractus V

Considered one of the most original and ambitious talents of contemporary dance, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will present his latest creation, Fractus V, on 27th and 28th October with his company Eastman. Inspired by Noam Chomsky and his fundamental plea for ‘freedom of speech’ against political attempts to control and manipulate the media, Cherkaoui explores the role that information plays in contemporary society. For this project, featuring an all-male cast of dancers and musicians, Cherkaoui himself will be on Sadler’s Wells stage as a performer for the first time since 2011.

Considered one of the most original and ambitious talents of contemporary dance, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will present his latest creation, Fractus V, on 27th and 28th October with his company Eastman. Inspired by Noam Chomsky and his fundamental plea for ‘freedom of speech’ against political attempts to control and manipulate the media, Cherkaoui explores the role that information plays in contemporary society. For this project, featuring an all-male cast of dancers and musicians, Cherkaoui himself will be on Sadler’s Wells stage as a performer for the first time since 2011.

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Fractus was originally created as a short piece in May 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of Pina Bausch’s Wuppertal Tanztheater, and was inspired by the texts of the Jewish-American linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky. In it, Cherkaoui discussed the fracture between the individual and society. ‘The only way the individual is able to protect himself against political and social propaganda, is to study all the information available. Each day we are bombarded with news that tries to influence our thinking. It is a very intensive exercise to filter everything and to resist believing what we are told to believe.’ Wise words that are as relevant now as they have ever been.

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Fractus V features five contemporary dancers with diverse dance experience: French virtuoso dancer Dimitri Jourde has a circus history; American Johnny Lloyd comes from a Lindy Hop background and was originally a musician; Spanish dancer Fabian Thomé Duten started his career as a flamenco dancer with Joaquin Cortés; and Patrick Williams Seebacher / Twoface, earned his credits in hip hop and breakdance battles. Plus, of course, the special performance of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui himself.

The music is performed by Charkaoui’s regular collaborators, Japanese percussionist and singer Shogo Yoshii; Korean singer and musician Woojae Park; Indian, virtuoso Sarod musician Soumik Datta; and Congolese singer Kaspy N’dia.

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SEEN strongly recommends that you to see Fractus V. With this interesting cast of dancers and musicians from nine different nationalities and with their outspoken identities, you can participate in an intense, dramatic and fluent dialogue that will make you ask yourself searing questions. As Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui explained, ‘Fractus V stands for the natural fractures which are necessary to grow and become stronger’.

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www.sadlerswells.com

Sadler’s Wells 

Rosebery Avenue
London
EC1R 4TN

Credits

Photographer Filip Van Roe