Sunday, 15 April 2018

STEPS dance festival | Noetic/Icon by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

The dance festival steps (Migros Kulturproduzent) is the biggest international Biennale for contemporary dance.
The Belgian / Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui shows his choreographies Noetic and Icon, both are creations that are about Men in all their facets.
The two pieces are contrasting each other strongly, which at the same time makes them complement each other perfectly to be shown in one evening and represent different sides and facets of society and the people.
While noetic is very introspective, thoughtful and straight, focused mainly on the mind and interaction, Icon focuses on creating and destroying, it is rooted and very down to earth with 3.5t of clay surrounding the dancers and weighing them down.
Both choreographies are in their own way incredibly impressive and touching and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui once again managed to transport us into his own world, where movements, music and precise speeches that are sometimes told by a single person and sometimes by a choir of dancers, tell us a lot, make us feel so much and leave us with many things to think about.
The live music with drummers and singers make the shows even more impressive and created a perfect atmosphere for the two choreographies.

The G√∂teborgsoperans Danskompani and Cherkaoui's own ensemble Eastman are dancing.

© pictures: Noetic: Bengt Wangselius / Icon: Mats Baecker

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