Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

The work explores the opposition between Eros and Thanatos, or the instinct of life against that of death within the intimacy of a couple. The destructive instinct of the passion, the toxicity that arises in couple hood, the search for domination of one over the other, the imbalance between two people… all these find their way into this relationship.

Animal, serpentine and sometimes spider-like gestures develop in a game of reverse birth and death where one draws his/her vital energy of the other. The conclusion is found in the beginning, like a snake biting its tail.

Sin was originally part of Babel(Words), the Oliver Award-winning choreography by Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui from 2010.

The strength and impact of this duet inspired the two choreographers to rework the sequence and give it a life of its own.  If the myth of Babel in the Bible represents the first collective failing, then the story of Adam and Eve would be the first individual offence.

Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Originally performed by and created in collaboration with:
Navala “Niku” Chaudhari
Damien Fournier
Patrizia Bovi
Gabriele Miracle
Mahabub Khan
Sattar Khan
Light design:
Adam Carrée
Costume design:
Alexandra Gilbert

Damien Jalet is an independent Belgian and French choreographer and dancer whose work has been presented all over the world. He was the 2017 artistic director of the UK National Youth Dance Company, and is associate artist at the Theatre National de Bretagne.

Choreographic highlights include: Oliver Award-winning Babel(words) co-choreographed with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Obsidian Pieces for the Icelandic Dance Company which won the Icelandic National Performing Art Award for best choreographer; Gravity Fatigue, conceptualised by fashion designer Hussein Chalayan at Sadler’s Wells and THR(O)UGH, for Hessisches Staatsballett for which he was nominated for best choreographer at Der Faust. More

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is an internationally acclaimed double Olivier award winning choreographer, who has created over 50 dance works, many of which have toured the globe. He has won three Ballet Tanz awards and the Kairos Prize.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is the artistic director of both the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Eastman, and is a Sadler’s Wells associate artist. His work encompasses a vast array of projects and collaborations; ranging from contemporary dance to theatre, ballet, opera, musicals and other forms of performance. His non-hierarchical thinking on movement, body language and culture is the basis of his artistic approach. More

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