Creation by SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI
”It’s very beautiful.”— Alba
”The dancers are amazing.”— Sveriges Radio Kulturnytt i P1
”A complete experience that leaves a lasting impression"— Göteborgs-Posten
”So damn brilliant that it makes you weak at the knees”— Borås Tidning
In a vast library, where time seems to have frozen, life goes on in the deluded assumption that nothing will ever change. People come here to find some quiet, or to live their decadent lives. They are self-absorbed, seeking constant recognition, and they fill their lives with things and addictions in the pursuit of inner peace. But most of all, they yearn to be understood. Nobody listens to anyone else when everyone is busy trying to present themselves in the best way.
Photos from Stoic
Arabic vocals, Congolese music and Japanese percussion are interwoven by composer Felix Buxton of the electronic duo Basement Jaxx, to create the innovative and universal whole that is the hallmark of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
"We’re in a time when openness is shrinking and borders are closing. If anything, my dream is that people will dare to connect with one another again. Sure it goes with burning your fingers – not every single being is a nice person – but that doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way to go. In fact it’s the right way to go. To never stop being curious about, believing or trusting in other people. Stoic is trying to break those boundaries again."— Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Choreography & composer – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Set and costume design – Hans Op de Beeck
Musical director – Felix Buxton
Lighting design – David Stokholm
Choreography assistant – Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern
14 from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, 5 from Eastman
Vocals, guitar – Kaspy N'dia
Vocals, percussion – Mohammed El Arabi-Serghini
Violin, viola, sound effects – Samy Bishai
Piano, guitar, percussion – Gabriele Miracle
Piano, koto, drums – Tsubasa Hori
Vocal coach – Anna Sato
Running time – 75 min
Stoic is a co-production with Eastman.
World premiere at The Göteborg Opera, 12 October 2018
- Dissociative Identity Disorder, from Youtube, 2008
- Daniel Mackler, Why I quit being a therapist, 2018
- Symptoms of Schizophrenia, unknown author
- Dennis O’Grady, PsyD, 10 introductory questions therapists commonly ask, 2018
- Clint Smith, The Danger of Silence, 2014. Text from TED Talks.
- Reika Farman, 60 milligram down to 30 million feelings, 2018
Song, performed live by dancers
“Le Plat Pays” by Jaques Brel
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