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Press Release: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Puz/zle has UK Premiere at Sadler's Wells

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A Sadler’s Wells Co-Production

Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - Puz/zle


UK Premiere

Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 April 2013

Performances at 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 - £38

Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.sadlerswells.com


Acclaimed contemporary dancer/ choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns to Sadler’s Wells with the UK premiere of his new work, Puz/zle, on 24 & 25 April 2013.


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is one of the most prolific choreographers working today. A Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, he has created more than 20 works and is acknowledged as one of Europe’s most exciting choreographers.

His productions include zero degrees (2005, with Akram Khan, Antony Gormley and Nitin Sawhney); Faun (which premiered at Sadler’s Wells as part of In the Spirit of Diaghilev, and returns as part of Sadler’s Sampled on 22 & 23 June); TeZukA (2011, based on the iconic work of manga artist Osamu Tezuka); award winning Babel (2010) and Dunas (2009, with celebrated flamenco dancer/ choreographer Maria Pagés); and Sutra (2008, which returns to Sadler’s Wells as part of a fifth anniversary Dance Consortium tour from 3 - 6 April 2013.) He is currently working on a new tango inspired, Sadler’s Wells Production, m¡longa that opens at the Théâtre du Jorat, Lausanne, Switzerland in May.


Puz/zle is a Sadler’s Wells co-production with Cherkaoui’s company, Eastman. The work questions the seeming importance of order and linearity, and explores whether there is more than one way of solving a puzzle, telling a tale and simply living. Working closely with past musical collaborators - Corsican polyphonic group A Filetta, Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage and Japanese musician Kazunari Abe - Cherkaoui dissects the form of composition and identifies the various themes that can shape a song.

For Puz/zle, Cherkaoui also teams up with set designer Filip Peeters and costume designer Miharu Toriyama to create this long-awaited piece, which is performed by 11 extraordinary dancers. Puz/zle has lighting design by Adam Carrée, with video design by Paul Van Caudenberg.

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