C. de la B. (Belgium)
Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
May 8, 9 & 10, 2003
contemporary dance fans, a visit by Belgiums Les Ballets C. de la
B. to Montréal is something to cheer about. Alain Platels
celebrated troupe, which has built its reputation on audacious performances
where dance and drama combine, will be returning to Montréal in
the spring of 2003. Les Ballets C. de la B. will present Foi, the
second production commissioned for youthful choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherakoui,
an extraordinary talent of which Belgium can be proud, NRC
dance world is talking about 25-year-old Belgian artist of Moroccan descent.
Winner of a Best Belgian Dance Solo award in 1995, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
was recruited in 1997 by Alain Platel, who invited him to join in the
creation of Iets op Bach, a production that went on to become a
world-wide success story (Festival de théâtre des Amériques,
1999). Iets op Bach revealed (Cherkaouis) talent, that
of singular interpreter who has, after three personal creations, joined
the lead team of the explosive Belgian choreographers collective.
years touring with Iets op Bach, Platel invited Cherkaoui to conceive
a production for Les Ballets C. de la B. His response took the form of
Rien de rien, a work for six dancers featuring cellist Roel Dieltiens.
Its originality and humor proved contagious. This compact little
theater of truth is danced in misty figures, a kind of reworked hip-hop,
Swan Lake on Prozac, a salon dance medley dressed up with
mock-heroic flourishes, lambada muy caliente or unchained rock (
A lover of opposites, Cherkaoui piles prohibitions atop the non-p.c. asides
he loves to let drop. Just like us
and we cant get enough.
Les Inrock.com. A co-production of the Théâtre de la
Ville in Paris along with the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Botanique Bruxelles
and the Centre darts Vooruit of Ghent, Rien de rien is an
eclectic, theatrical work in which against the trend, theres
more dancing than talking (whew!) and when words do have a part to play,
they are an adjunct to the language of hands and body. Libération.
Impressive! De Morgen.
his Montréal première visit, the Ballets C. de la B.s
new recruit will be presenting Foi, a production Cherkaoui describes
as a medieval-contemporary opera conceived in conjunction
with musician Dirk Snellings and the ensemble Capilla Flamenca for six
dancers and an equal number of musicians. The music, closely related to
the Ars Nova movement of the nineteenth century, incorporates folksongs
and lends its driving force to movement, word and dance. Articulated around
such questions as: what have you learned from your parents? What are your
favorite stories? What do you most believe in? What do you believe today?
Are you convinced? Foi explores in his own inimitable way the links
between belief and myth, between oral and written tradition.
be created at Ghent in March 2003, and will then relocate to the Théâtre
de la Ville in Paris. Certain to be one of the surprises of the 2002-2003
Danse Danse season, the production will then begin a North American tour,
starting in Montréal. A perfect occasion to take the pulse of the
new Belgian dance.
Presented as part of the Vooruit in Québec
Photos: Chris Vander Burght