In 'Nomad', Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui reveals a mosaic of the desert’s living and inanimate elements.
We get impressions of the fluidity and adaptability of creatures that thrive in the most extreme conditions. We see the need for water, safety and comfort, which drives both animal behaviours and the human quest for spirituality. Above all, we witness the spirit of togetherness, friendship and symbiosis that are key to survival and evolution; especially in an arid world that is insurmountable without another’s support.
The remote landscape is both a metaphor for ultimate freedom and the impossibility of survival. The dancing nomads seem isolated in this environment, just as the present-day world for minority groups can be a desert: a dangerous place to stay. Set to the Middle-Eastern inspired music of Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx.
choreography and direction Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui music composition Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Felix Buxton and Kaspy N’dia additional music Yarkin featuring The Sufi Vocal Masters, Al Adhan, Al Qantarah, Fadia Tomb El-Hage, Oli Savill (Percussion), traditional songs from the Amami islands in Japan sound design Felix Buxton dance Mabrouk Gouicem, Nemo Oeghoede, Wang Qing, Stephanie Amurao, Nick Coutsier, Verdiano Cassone, Pol Van den Broek, Mohamed Toukabri, Kazutomi ‘Tsuki’ Kozuki, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern and Oscar Ramos live music Kaspy N’dia costumes Jan-Jan Van Essche set design Willy Cessa and Adam Carrée light design Willy Cessa and Sam Mary video design Paul Van Caudenberg coproduction 420PEOPLE and Cultuurcentrum Berchem with the support of The BNP Paribas Foundation, the Flemish Government and the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter programme
Eastman is resident at deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp.