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Biography of Sidi LARBI CHERKAOUI

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Born on 10/03/1976 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui born March 10, 1976, is an internationally acclaimed  Flemish- Morocan choreographer 

Cherkaoui was born in 1976 in Antwerp, Belgium, of a Moroccan father and Flemish mother. Belgium's bendiest choreographer went from vogueing his way to first place in a dance contest to mixing ballet, jazz and offbeat moves in shows the world over.

Bel Air have made this documentary film about Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui who in 10 years has become a world-ranking choreographer whose work is presented everywhere.

His first experience as a choreographer was with the “contemporary musical” Anonymous Society, a salute to the music of Jacques Brel. Cherkaoui also danced in this production, for which he won several awards including the Fringe First Award and the Total Theatre Award in Edinburgh, and the Barclay Theatre Award in London.

Rien de rien, Cherkaoui’s first choreography as a member of Les Ballets C. de la B., toured Europe in 2000 and won the Special Prize at the BITEF Festival in Belgrade. Collaborating on this production was singer and dancer Damien Jalet, who introduced Cherkaoui to Italian folk songs, and who would strongly influence his later work. The six dancers in Rien de rien, whose ages ranged from sixteen to sixty, had a thorough command of many different styles and techniques: from classical ballet through salon dance to the hand gestures we all make when we speak. Cherkaoui regards them all as equally valuable sources for a contemporary dance language. This eclecticism is very much in keeping with a theme close to his heart: equality among individuals, cultures, languages and means of expression. Rien de Rien went on a marathon tour and earned him the Promising Choreographer Prize at the Nijinski Awards in Monte Carlo in 2002.

Also in 2005, Larbi worked with Akram Khan for the first time. The latter is also a dancer- choreographer with dual roots: the son of Bangladeshi parents, he was raised in England. Together, Cherkaoui and Khan created and danced in the production Zero Degrees,which explored the effects of their mixed cultural backgrounds. The work was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award in 2006, and went on to win two Helpman Awards in Australia in 2007.

Last update : 04/05/2011

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