Babel (Words)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet join forces with visual artist Antony Gormley to create Babel(words), a dance performance that explores language and its relationship with nationhood, identity and religion.

Taking the tale of ‘The Tower of Babel’ as its starting point, Gormley’s 5 huge 3-dimensional frames hint at a nameless intersection in a faceless city near the borders that define a no man’s land. We watch as the action flows from private to public, intimacy to extroversion, and the individual to the collective – while choices of faith, space and community are made and we are reminded that to some the tale of Babel represents the gates to enlightenment, to others – chaos, confusion and conflict.

Running time : 100 mins

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet

Music composition
Patrizia Bovi, Mahabub Khan, Sattar Khan, Gabriele Miracle, Shogo Yoshii

Music counsellor
Fahrettin Yarkin

Set design
Antony Gormley

Mohamed ‘Benfury’ Benaji, Christine Leboutte, Ulrika Kinn Svensson, Darryl E. Woods, Kazutomi ‘Tsuki’ Kozuki, James O’Hara, Moya Michael, Helder Seabra, Paea Leach, Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Francis Ducharme, Damien Fournier, Navala ‘Niku’ Chaudhari

Live music
Patrizia Bovi, Mahabub Khan, Sattar Khan, Gabriele Miracle, Shogo Yoshii

Second cast
Kazunari Abe, Enea Sorini, Sandra Delgadillo Porcel, Leah Stuttard, Mohamed Toukabri, Paul Zivkovich, Leif Federico Firnhaber, Elias Lazaridis, Igal Furman, Qudus Onikeku, Majon van der Schot, Sang-Hun Lee, Pol Van den Broek, Anna Senognoeva, James Vu Anh Pham, Nemo Oeghoede, Aimilios Arapoglou, Valgerður ‘Vala’ Rúnarsdóttir, Miriam Andersén, Fadia Tomb El-Hage

Assistant choreography
Nienke Reehorst

Lou Cope

Lou Cope, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Nicole Krauss

Costume design
Alexandra Gilbert

Light design
Adam Carrée

Eastman, De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels)

Sadler’s Wells (London), Fondazione Musica per Roma, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Theaterfestival Boulevard (‘s HertogenBosch), Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps (Zürich), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Festspielhaus Sankt-Pölten, La Villette (Paris)

In collaboration with: Dash Arts 2010 programme on Arabic Arts, Garrick Charitable Trust
Premiere: 27 April 2010, De Munt / La Monnaie