The Royal Festival Hall presents <big>FOI
Les Ballets C de la B
Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Musical Direction for Capilla Flamenca: Dirk Snellings
Thursday 3 - Saturday 5 April 2003 at 7.45pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1
The Royal Festival Hall co-commissions FOI, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for renowned Ghent-based company, Les Ballets C de la B, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall from 3 - 5 April 2003, as part of a European and North American tour. The new work, featuring a company of eleven performers and seven musicians and singers from the Flemish vocal and instrumental consort, Capilla Flamenca, is a richly theatrical performance of dance, live polyphonic music and singing. FOI follows Cherkaoui’s debut piece, RIEN DE RIEN, also seen on the South Bank in 2001, for which the charismatic 26-year-old recently received a prestigious Nijinsky Award in Monaco.
In FOI, meaning ‘belief’, Cherkaoui places his eclectic group of dancers of Swedish, Korean, American and Flemish origin, at the immediate aftermath of a terrible catastrophe. As cultures and times overlap, the living and the dead share memories, philosophies and ideas. As absorbing glimpses of the stories of Cherkaoui’s idiosyncratic performers come alive, at times the movement accentuates simple everyday gestures, and also draws on a variety of dance styles to explore themes of faith, myth and survival.
The acclaimed Flemish ensemble, Capilla Flamenca, under the direction of Dirk Snellings, provide an integral live score of mainly medieval music from the 14th Century Ars Nova, including music of religious ceremonies, motets, courtly songs and dances. This music, which has survived centuries by means of written scores, is juxtaposed with the oral tradition of old village songs.
Now an established star of the European new dance circuit, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is becoming well-known to British dance and theatre audiences for his impassioned work. In addition to RIEN DE RIEN, he won plaudits in Alain Platel’s IETS OP BACH (winner of the Time Out Award for Best Production 1998) and the Edinburgh Festival hit ANONYMOUS SOCIETY (winner of the Barclays Theatre Award for Best Musical Theatre 1999), which he also choreographed.
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7921 0632 or email email@example.com
Tickets: £11.00 - £17.50 Concessions: £2 off
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