The duet 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 couplehood, the search for domination of one over the other, the imbalance between two people… 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.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet are Belgian choreographers and dancers, who are collaborating extensively since 2000, first within Les Ballets C de la B, later within Toneelhuis, Eastman [Babel(words)]; Paris Opera Ballet (Boléro), and most recently Opera Vlaanderen (Pelléas et Mélisande). Their work is often collaborative, creating intricate bounds between dance and other artistic disciplines such as visual arts, film, opera, fashion, theatre and music.
Artistic direction & choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet
Performers: Navala ‘Niku’ Chaudhari, Damien Fournier
Music: Patrizia Bovi, Gabriele Miracle, Mahabub Khan, Sattar Khan
Costume design: Alexandra Gilbert
Lighting design: Adam Carrée
Production: Eastman, La Monnaie/De Munt
Co-production: Sadler’s Wells, Fondazione Musica per Roma, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Theaterfestival Boulevard, Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Festspielhaus Sankt-Pölten, La Villette
Supported by: Flemish Government, BNP Paribas Foundation
Residencies: Eastman is resident at deSingel International Arts Campus
Others: Sin is originally part of Babel(words), by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet