Dance performance by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Multiple award winning and constantly topical Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates Noetic, along with a distinguished team comprising sculptor Antony Gormley, fashion designer duo Les Hommes, and composer Szymon Brzóska.

" "Noetic" has become an unusually rich, consummate choreography …" Göteborgs-Tidningen/Expressen
"Universe with wonderful poetry" Svenska Dagbladet
"… the dancers move like waves in a flow with no dots or commas" Borås Tidning
"Breathtaking and emotionally moving" Göteborgs-Posten
"...a magnificent venture …" Göteborgs-Posten

The creation explores man’s instinctive need to structure every detail of our existence, and our longing to break free of the rules and discover what lies beyond them. With at times mechanical, at times flowing, classical movements, the dancers construct, change and deconstruct reality.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s roots are in the cultures of both Morocco and Central Europe. His artistic identity has been influenced by many years of involvement in the Belgian dance company Les Ballets C de la B, whose work belongs among the most exciting things to have happened within dance in recent decades.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Sidi Larbi CherkaouiTilo Stengel

Cherkaoui is known for bringing together art forms, cultures and traditions. His dance company, Eastman, is attributed the title of European cultural ambassadors in 2013. The harmonic and emotional music in Noetic is composed for The Göteborg Opera Orchestra.

Watch an interview with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Photos from Noetic

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Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius

Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed the potential opened up by sculpture in the seventies through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Antony Gormley and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui have collaborated on three previous projects; Sutra, Babel and Zero Degrees. His set design for Noetic will give the dancers both bodily extensions and the constructive elements to create a potential architecture for individual and collective action.

Watch an interview with Antony Gormley

Konstaffisch af Antony Gormley

Poster art by Antony Gormley

Watch an interview with composer Szymon Brzóska


Choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Original music Szymon Brzóska
Set design Antony Gormley
Costume design Les Hommes
Dramaturgy Adolphe Binder
Light design David Stokholm
Percussion Shogo Yoshii (live music)
Singer Miriam Andersén (recorded on tour)
Assistant Choreographer James O’Hara, Elias Lazaridis, Helder Seabra

World premiere 8 March 2014
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra (Recorded on tour)

Length 55 min
Dancers 19

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