Zero degrees

Zero degrees started as a desire of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to dance a duet with British-Bengali choreographer and dancer Akram Khan. Both are sons of Islamic families brought up in Europe, and both draw upon this meeting of cultures, combining complex Indian kathak dance with the speed and precision of contemporary movements. Inviting Antony Gormley […]

Exhibition / Ma mere l’Oye

Star choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and rising talent Jeroen Verbruggen create groundbreaking new choreographies to works composed and arranged by the beloved French composer Maurice Ravel at the Royal Ballet Flanders. Maurice Ravel has been an inspiration to artists of all stripes for more than a century. In this filmed performance featuring the Royal Ballet […]


Sutra is the befitting title of this powerful and poetic piece, featuring seventeen warrior monks of the Chinese Shaolin Temple performing in collaboration with the Belgian-Moroccan choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (born 1976), who together have composed a mesmerizing aphoristic journey akin to the unfurling of a Buddhist scripture. In a cultural embrace between Eastern philosophy […]

Iolanta / The Nutcracker

Presented as a diptych in the historic performance of 1892, Iolanta and The Nutcracker are once again brought together in this Paris Opera production. In Dmitri Tcherniakov’s staging and sets, they become one and the same work: the opera is the prelude to the ballet and the ballet the resolution of the opera. King René’s daughter, whose blindness disappears […]


In an iconic library designed by the visual artist Hans Op de Beeck, life is lived as if nothing will ever change. Self-centeredness and a clumsy search for acknowledgement thrive in pursuit of inner peace. The monochrome grey library is a counterweight to the trivia of everyday life. It is indifferent and unyielding – stoic. […]

The Neighbour

A lonely pianist on one side of a wall. A couple with domestic problems on the other. They can hear each other. This is a film about singles and couples, about the chance to start over again, about how music affects us and how we affect music. Two neighbours. A lonely pianist on one side […]

In the Spirit of Diaghilev

Formed in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev, Les Ballets Russes revolutionised the art of dance. One hundred years later, four ground-breaking choreographers pay a thrilling tribute to this unique artistic venture. For this special event Sadler’s Wells has commissioned brand new works from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Javier De Frutos, Russell Maliphant and Wayne McGregor who will […]


The French composer Maurice Ravel remains a source of inspiration for any choreographer. Artistic director and star choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and rising talent Jeroen Verbruggen take their vision of Ravel’s music to the stage. Jeroen Verbruggen, who as a young student dancer at the Royal Ballet School won the Prix de Lausanne, has drawn […]

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