TeZuka by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
I am seduced by the work of Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. His creativity and curiosity produce original pieces which are entertaining and poetic, mixing various cultures and involving different forms of art. In this respect, Cherkaoui's shows are very much in the spirit of Diaghilev's ballets russes.
Most of his works have been premiered in London at Sadler's Wells, where we have also seen Sutra, a collaboration with sculptor Antony Gormley and the Shaolin monks, Faun (part of 'In the spirit of Diaghilev' collective show) and more recently Dunas with Maria Pagès.
TeZuka is his new show inspired by the work of Japanese manga artist Osamu TeZuka.
This is again an amazing collaborative work: the musical score by Nitin Sawhney and its performance by three musicians, from Japan, Korea and Poland as well as the video projection by artist Taki Veda are all excellent. Tezuka's theme allows Cherkaoui to play and expand on the beauty and movement of japanese calligraphy, paper and ink through a constant interaction between these elements and the movement of the artists. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is one of the most exciting young choreographers to follow nowadays.
For a video presentation of the show , here is the link to a video produced by Sadlers Wells.