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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Belgian contemporary dance / interdisciplinary creation / Les Ballets C. de la B.

(1976- )

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui fuses various techniques including hip hop, modern, jazz, ballet, Irish, African and kathak into his own choreographic style. His works are theatrical, dynamic, music-driven productions.

Growing up in Antwerp, Belgium, Cherkaoui taught himself to dance by watching music videos. With a Flemish mother and a Moroccan father, Cherkaoui says his dual upbringing made him feel in-between. He soon realized that dance and music could also be that way.

Cherkaoui began dancing for television and performed hip hop with The Bang Gang Dance Company before studying at Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's dance school, PARTS (Professional Arts Research and Training Studios). He received his first award in 1995 for Best Belgian Dance Solo in a competition in Ghent launched by Alain Platel.

Two years later, Platel asked Cherkaoui to work on Iets op Bach (1998). The production was staged by Les Ballets C. de la B., a choreographic collective formed by Platel. Iets op Bach became a worldwide success and toured internationally from 1998 until 2001.

Cherkaoui has won many awards, including the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1999, the Barclay Theatre Award in 2000 and Best Choreography at the Movimentos Awards in Wolfsburg, Germany, in 2003. He has staged subsequent works like Rien de Rien (2000) and Foi (2003) through Les Ballets C. de la B.