Fractus V


In Fractus V, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreohrapher and dancer in this piece, adresses the questions on information and manipulation; propaganda versus a more ‘objective’ and factual approach.

We have the information, but we don’t know how to use it. The performance was inspired by the texts of the Jewish-American linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky which have lead Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to say:
 « The only way the individual is able to protect himself against political and social propaganda, is to study all the information available. Each day we are bombarded with news that tries to influence our thinking. It is a very intensive exercise to filter everything and to resist believing what we are told to believe. »

Fractus V is a creation with five, very different, contemporary dancers. The French virtuosic dancer Dimitri Jourde has a circus formation. The American Johnny Lloyd comes from a Lindy Hop background and is originally a musician. The Spanish dancer Fabian Thomé Dutena started his career as a flamenco dancer with Joaquin Cortés and Patrick ‘Two Face’ Williams earned his credits in hip hop and breakdance battles and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. They all have different dance backgrounds but their movements dialogue with each other in a desire to create an interesting community. The live music continues this philosophy with the Japanese percussionist and singer Shogo Yoshii, the Korean singer and musician Woojae Park and the Indian, virtuosic Sarod musician Soumik Datta.

Running time : 90 mins


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Choreography : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Dance : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Dimitri Jourde, Johnny Lloyd, Fabian Thomé Duten, Patrick Williams Seebacher / Twoface
Live music : Shogo Yoshii, Woojae Park, Soumik Datta
Music composition : Shogo Yoshii, Woojae Park, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Johnny Lloyd, Soumik Datta
Rehearsal director/assistant choreographer : Jason Kittelberger
Vocal coach : Christine Leboutte, Steve Dugardin
Dramaturgy : Antonio Cuenca
Set design : Herman Sorgeloos, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Implementation set : Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen, Martin Baarda
Light design : Krispijn Schuyesmans
Sound design : Jef Verbeeck
Technician : Mathias Batsleer
Costume design : Sumire Hayakawa
Wardrobe : Elisabeth Kinn Svensson
Technical director : Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen
Technical coordinator : Tom Van Aken
Production / tour manager : Arnout André de la Porte, Lars Boot

Production : Eastman
Co-production : deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp), Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps (Zürich), Sadler’s Wells (London), PINA40 (Wuppertal), Baerum Kulturhus (Oslo), Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf), Schauspiel Köln, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University (Columbus), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, La Villette (Paris), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. With the support of Flemish authorities, BNP Paribas Foundation

Thanks to Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal), Espace Marie Chouinard (Montreal), Royal Ballet Flanders (Antwerp), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona).