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Press Release: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns to Sadler's Wells in Fractus V

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Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Fractus V
UK Premiere
Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October at 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 - £38 

Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns to perform on stage at the venue for the first time since 2011 in his latest creation Fractus V on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October 2016. The production, from his company Eastman, is inspired by the writings of American philosopher Noam Chomsky and features an all-male cast of performers, including Cherkaoui himself. 

Fractus V explores the production and manipulation of information in contemporary society. The work was originally created to mark the 40th anniversary of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This expanded version of the piece features five dancers, four live musicians and a variety of different stylistic influences, including circus, flamenco, Lindy hop and breakdance.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s debut as a choreographer was in 1999 with Andrew Wale’s contemporary musical Anonymous Society. Since then, he has made more than 20 fully-fledged choreographic pieces and picked up a slew of prestigious awards. Cherkaoui is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells and assumed the role of artistic director at the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2015. Notable works include Sadler’s Wells productions Sutra - a dialogue with the warrior monks of the Shaolin Temple - and m¡longa, alongside further credits zero degrees with Akram Khan, Dunas alongside flamenco bailaora, Maria Pagés, Play with kutchipudi danseuse Shantala Shivalingappa and genesis生长 with Chinese choreographer Yabin Wang

Since founding his company Eastman in Antwerp in 2010, Cherkaoui created the multiple-award-winning Babel (Words) together with choreographer Damien Jalet and sculptor Antony Gormley. He has also received international acclaim for his choreography in the film Anna Karenina and last year was movement director for Lyndsey Turner's production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican Centre. In March 2016, Cherkaoui was conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp for his outstanding contribution to contemporary dance. 


Eastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Fractus V
Performances: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October 2016 at 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 - £38 

Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap.

Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 100 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies, an Associate Company and two International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through 
research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University.

Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells.

Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 10% of its revenue from Arts Council England.

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