Akram Kahn & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Khan and Larbi first met in 2000 when they quickly discovered strong similarities. Both are sons of Islamic families brought up in Europe, and both draw upon this meeting of cultures in their work. However, each has developed his own, distinct dance language. zero degrees is borne out of their longing to create work together, and follows them on a journey to seek the reference point, the source, the ‘0’ at life’s core. Inspired by their own dual identities, the two search for this middle point through polar opposites; becoming/death, light/dark, chaos/order. Creating the environment for this journey is artist Antony Gormley, most famous for his Angel of the North sculpture. Working closely with the two dancers, his design will reflect their exploration of duality. Specially commissioned music is by composer/producer Nitin Sawhney, with his own unique East-meets- West sound. This is a rare chance to see four of today’s greatest artists join forces.
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