In Puz/zle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns in a more abstract fashion to the notion of the multiple and of multiplicity rooted in our thought processes and the added question of how things fit together to create a new and distinct identity (like a jigsaw puzzle). Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is intrigued by why certain connections succeed in coming together as an organic whole while others fail. And whether they actually fail or if the failure lies in our perception of order and disorder. He aims then to question the seeming importance of order and linearity and to explore if there can be more than one way of solving a puzzle, of telling a tale, of living time.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui questions and highlights the puzzles that lie behind human relations (emotional, intellectual, sexual), the morphology of the body, and intangibles like musical traditions inspired by and woven together from separate and multiple strands and traditions (so a liturgical composition sung in Spain might have Arabic roots, buried in the sands of time).
With A Filetta, the Corsican polyphonic group (his companions in In Memoriam andApocrifu), the Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage (also seen in Origine) and the Japanese percussionist and flautist Kazunari Abe by his side to dissect how a song, a composition can have various sources all at once, religious and secular, Christian and Muslim, and how traditions that we so easily name European or Oriental are never that definable and monolithic, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui salutes the delightful impurity that constitutes our lives and our planet.
Running time : 110 mins
Choreography : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Music composition : Jean-Claude Acquaviva, Kazunari Abe, Olga Wojciechowska
Additional music : Bruno Coulais, Tavagna, traditional music from Corsica, Japan and the Middle-east
Set design : Filip Peeters, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Light design : Adam Carrée
Video design : Paul Van Caudenberg
Costume design : Miharu Toriyama
Artistic consultant : Damien Jalet
Artistic advice : Guy Cools, An-Marie Lambrechts, Gabriele Miracle
Musical advice : Olga Wojciechowska
Costume advice & dresser : Elisabeth Kinn Svensson
Sound engineer : Jens Drieghe
sound engineer A Filetta : Rémi Grasso
Rehearsal director/assistant choreographer : Nienke Reehorst
Assistant choreography : Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Helder Seabra
Dance : Navala 'Niku' Chaudhari, Vittoria De Ferrari Sapetto, Leif Federico Firnhaber, Damien Fournier, Mohamed 'Ben Fury' Benaji, Louise Michel Jackson, Kazutomi 'Tsuki' Kozuki, Elias Lazaridis, Nicola Leahey, Sang-Hun Lee, Shintaro Oue, Valgerður 'Vala' Rúnarsdóttir, Helder Seabra, Elie Tass, Michael Watts, Satoshi Kudo
Live music : A Filetta, Kazunari Abe, Fadia Tomb El-Hage
Technical director : Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen
Technical coordinator : Tom Van Aken
Technician : Mathias Batsleer, Patrick Liénart
Production / tour manager : Esther Michiels, Sofie De Schutter
Executive producer : Karthika Naïr
Line producer : Lies Martens
Production : Eastman
Co-production ; deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp), Festival d’Avignon, Sadler’s Wells (London),Opéra de Lille, Theaterfestival Boulevard ('s HertogenBosch), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, La Filature Scène Nationale (Mulhouse), Festspielhaus Sankt-Pölten,Fondazione Musica per Roma, düsseldorf festival!