In the biblical story of Babel, God confuses the languages of people attempting to build a tower to heaven. For this exceptionally apt modern retelling, choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet explore the obstacles to communication that have led us to a deepening fragmentation of humanity. Raw vocalizations and explosive drums ricochet off walls imagined by sculptor Antony Gormley. A visceral clash of cultures erupts, yielding either chaos or enlightenment.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreography
Damien Jalet, choreography
Antony Gormley, visual design
Patrizia Bovi, Mahabub Khan, Sattar Khan, Gabriele Miracle, Shogo Yoshii, music
These performances will be followed by a White Light Lounge.
Producer: Eastman, De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels)
Co-producers: Sadler’s Wells (London), Fondazione Musica per Roma, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Theaterfestival Boulevard (’s HertogenBosch), Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps (Zürich), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Festspielhaus Sankt-Pölten, La Villette (Paris)
In collaboration with Dash Arts 2010 program on Arabic Arts, Garrick Charitable Trust