Fractus V

In Fractus V, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreohrapher and dancer in this piece, adresses the questions on information and manipulation; propaganda versus a more ‘objective’ and factual approach.

We have the information, but we don’t know how to use it. The performance was inspired by the texts of the Jewish-American linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky which have lead Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to say:
 « The only way the individual is able to protect himself against political and social propaganda, is to study all the information available. Each day we are bombarded with news that tries to influence our thinking. It is a very intensive exercise to filter everything and to resist believing what we are told to believe. »

Fractus V is a creation with five, very different, contemporary dancers. The French virtuosic dancer Dimitri Jourde has a circus formation. The American Johnny Lloyd comes from a Lindy Hop background and is originally a musician. The Spanish dancer Fabian Thomé Dutena started his career as a flamenco dancer with Joaquin Cortés and Patrick ‘Two Face’ Williams earned his credits in hip hop and breakdance battles and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. They all have different dance backgrounds but their movements dialogue with each other in a desire to create an interesting community. The live music continues this philosophy with the Japanese percussionist and singer Shogo Yoshii, the Korean singer and musician Woojae Park and the Indian, virtuosic Sarod musician Soumik Datta.

Running time : 90 mins

Premiere: 16 September 2015, deSingel

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Dimitri Jourde, Johnny Lloyd, Fabian Thomé Duten, Patrick Williams Seebacher (TwoFace)

Live music
Shogo Yoshii, Woojae Park, Kaspy N’dia, Soumik Datta, Johnny Lloyd

Music composition
Shogo Yoshii, Woojae Park, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Johnny Lloyd, Soumik Datta

Rehearsal director/assistant choreographer
Jason Kittelberger

Second cast
Giuliano Modarelli

Vocal coach
Christine Leboutte, Steve Dugardin

Antonio Cuenca Ruiz

Noam Chomsky, Alan Watts

Set design
Herman Sorgeloos, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Implementation set
Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen, Martin Baarda

Light design
Krispijn Schuyesmans

Sound design
Jef Verbeeck

Janneke Hertoghs, Jef Verbeeck, Mathias Batsleer

Costume design
Sumire Hayakawa

Elisabeth Kinn Svensson, Caroline Wittemans

Technical director
Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen

Technical coordinator
Tom Van Aken

Production / tour manager
Arnout André de la Porte, Lars Boot


deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp), Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps (Zürich), Sadler’s Wells (London), PINA40 (Wuppertal), Baerum Kulturhus (Oslo), Tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf), Schauspiel Köln, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University (Columbus), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, La Villette (Paris), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
With the support of
Flemish authorities, BNP Paribas Foundation
Thanks to
Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal), Espace Marie Chouinard (Montreal), Royal Ballet Flanders (Antwerp), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona)