A unique evening with two of the absolute masters of contemporary dance.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Saburo Teshigawa bring global dance to life in Gothenburg. — Göteborgs-Tidning/Expressen
… the dancers move like waves in a flow with no dots or commas. — Borås Tidning
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. 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.
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. On tour the music is perforerad in a recorded version.
Photos from Noetic
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
Dance performance by Saburo Teshigawara
Virtuoso Saburo Teshigawara – sculptor, poet, visual artist and “dance maker” – has received great honours for his choreographies and body installations both in his home country of Japan and internationally. Faithful to the culture of his homeland, Teshigawara is minimalist – everything he creates is aesthetic, beautiful and pared down. It is also spiritual and subtle.
His Metamorphosis, inspired by Kafka’s novels, is an art work filled with pain and breathtaking beauty. At its centre is the body's constant changes, the cells’ constant renewal – the metamorphosis: ”Even when we believe we are completely still, our bodies are moving. That movement is life. To stop is to die. Life is like cycling – if you stop you lose your balance and fall over. Life is balance in motion.”
Metamorphosis, created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, is also about controlling, and allowing oneself to be controlled.
Choral music floats in the air and contrasts with the dancers’ sometimes constrained bodies. The recorded choral works that are played during the Metamorphosis performance include:
O sacrum convivium!, choral motet (1937), performed by Vox Clamantis, conductor: Jaan-Eik Tulve
Soupir (Suck), the first of three songs from Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913) transcribed by Clytus Gottwald for choir. Performed by Accentus Chamber Choir, conductor: Laurence Equilbey.
Choreography – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Original music – Szymon Brzóska
Set design – Antony Gormley
Costume design – Les Hommes
Dramaturgy – Adolphe Binder
Lighting design – David Stokholm
Percussion – Shogo Yoshii (live music)
Singer – Miriam Andersén (recorded on tour)
Assistant Choreographers – James O’Hara, Elias Lazaridis, Helder Seabra
World premiere 8 March 2014
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra (Recorded on tour)
Length – 55 min
Dancers – 19