Babel(words)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet join forces with visual artist Antony Gormley to create Babel(words), a dance performance that explores language and its relationship with nationhood, identity and religion.

Taking the tale of 'The Tower of Babel' as its starting point, Gormley's 5 huge 3-dimensional frames hint at a nameless intersection in a faceless city near the borders that define a no man's land. We watch as the action flows from private to public, intimacy to extroversion, and the individual to the collective – while choices of faith, space and community are made and we are reminded that to some the tale of Babel represents the gates to enlightenment, to others - chaos, confusion and conflict.

Running time : 100 mins

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  • 2017-03-23 00:00:00 2017-03-24 00:00:00 - Scène nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau, Sète - France
  • 2017-03-07 00:00:00 - Théâtre des Salins, Martigue - France

CREDITS

Choreography : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet
Set design : Antony Gormley
Assistant choreography : Nienke Reehorst
Costume design : Alexandra Gilbert
Light design : Adam Carrée
Dramaturgy : Lou Cope
Music counsellor : Fahrettin Yarkin

Production : Eastman, De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels)
Co-production : Sadler’s Wells (London), Fondazione Musica per Roma, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Theaterfestival Boulevard ('s-HertogenBosch), International Dance festival Switzerland – Migros Culture Percentage Steps, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Festspielhaus Sankt-Pölten, Parc de la Villette (Paris). In collaboration with Dash Arts 2010 programme on Arabic Arts and Garrick Charitable Trust.