4D. Four Duets, For Dance, Four Dimensions, Fourth Dimension: with a title that leaves itself open to a myriad of interpretations, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui serves us with duets that are both complete in themselves and glimpses of wider worlds. These are duets whose original versions were born in very diverse settings.
Faun was originally commissioned by Sadler’s Wells in London as part of its centennial offering to the great impresario, Sergei Diaghilev, the 2009 mixed bill ‘In the spirit of Diaghilev’ which also showcased work by Wayne McGregor, Russell Maliphant and Javier de Frutos.
Pure was commissioned by the Flemish dance festival Dansand and performed for the first time on the beaches of Ostend under July skies in 2010. This duet also featured in TeZukA, Cherkaoui’s 2011 homage to Osamu Tezuka, founding father of modern manga
Sin grew out of Babel (words), which was choreographed together with Damien Jalet.
Matter in its initial avatar was a pivotal sequence in the 2008 piece Origine that premiered at the Bourlaschouwburg in Antwerp.
These four duets were revised, nurtured to realise their potential as freestanding works and brought together to form a full-fledged programme.