Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui uses the language of the body to explore apocryphal religious texts.
All the major ideologies and world religions, from Marx to Mao, and from Christianity to Islam, refer to (and swear by) a holy scripture.
In Apocrifu, Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui uses the language of the body to explore religious texts, accompanied by remarkable polyphonic singing from all-male Corsican vocal ensemble A Filetta.
Performing with Yasuyuki Shuto, a classical dancer from the Ballet of Tokyo, and Dimitri Jourde, a contemporary dancer and circus artist, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings opposing dance languages together in a performance about the power of words and language to antagonise and divide.
A Filetta provide a beautiful choral backdrop, and the book-scattered set places dancers on an imposing wooden staircase leading to an imagined heaven.
'Aided by A Filetta's music, with its centuries-spanning wealth of sound, he manages to create a world where we sense language, religion and history as live forces' (The Guardian)
'The sound is so low in the chest it hums like a swarm of bees: sometimes it is thin, high and keening as a north wind; sometimes as gorgeously solemn as a cathedral mass... The mix is perfect for Cherkaoui's theme' **** (The Guardian)
Duration 75 minutes.
There is a post-show discussion after the performance on Saturday 25 January.