Perceptions of the Modern Age

Having received recognition for his work Babel (Words), as well as international acclaim for his contribution to the choreography of Anna Karenina and Lyndsey Turner’s production of Hamlet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns to the Sadler’s Wells stage for the first time since 2011 with his latest creation, Fractus V.

The performance casts an inquisitive eye over the modern age, exploring and examining the production and manipulation of information in contemporary society. The production, from his company Eastman, is inspired by the work of American philosopher Noam Chomsky and features an all-male cast of performers, including Cherkaoui himself.

Originally created to mark the 40th anniversary of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Sadler’s Wells have been given the opportunity to showcase the expanded version of this piece, including five dancers, four live musicians and a broad variety of stylistic influences from circus to breakdance.

Fractus V stands as the most recent addition to Cherkaoui’s extensive and incredibly successful repertoire. Having debuted in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s musical Anonymous Society, Cherkaoui has gone on to produce more than 20 fully-fledged choreographic pieces which have gained him a multitude of prestigious awards along the way.

Cherkaoui has always maintained a close relationship with Sadler’s Wells, involving himself in productions such as Sutra, m¡longa, zero degrees and more. In March 2016, he was also conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp for his outstanding contribution to contemporary dance.

Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui — Fractus V, 27 & 28 October, Sadler’s Wells, London.

Find out more about the performance and about Cherkaoui’s work:

1. ©FilipVanRoe- Fractus V by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 25 men altogether in pile.
2. ©FilipVanRoe- Fractus V by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 7 man with triangle.