Force and fragility meet and merge in 'Dunas'

Stage Mar 20, 2018

Force and fragility meet and merge in 'Dunas'

by Nobuko Tanaka

There are mutual squeals of delight when Belgian dance artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Spanish flamenco dancer Maria Pages are reunited after "far too long" at a Tokyo rehearsal studio. Pages, 54, has flown in from Madrid to promote the pair's 2009 work "Dunas" ("Dunes"), ...

Psycho-drama mystery tests Tani's 'pop' principles

Stage Mar 18, 2015

Psycho-drama mystery tests Tani's 'pop' principles

by Nobuko Tanaka

"Probably nobody ever got involved with theater the way I did," Kenichi Tani said with a laugh, explaining that because his teachers at school were "really boring" he set his sights on becoming an interesting teacher in the future. "So I often skipped classes to ...

Star Belgian choreographer celebrates manga and more

Stage Jan 7, 2015

Star Belgian choreographer celebrates manga and more

by Natsume Date

"Tokyo, my brother, my protector" was the tweet posted by Belgian-born Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui — often dubbed "the busiest choreographer in the world" — straight after he arrived here two months ago. Explaining in a recent interview with this writer what had prompted so fulsome ...

'Babel' dance speaks volumes

Stage Aug 20, 2014

'Babel' dance speaks volumes

by Nobuko Tanaka

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet have lots in common. Both are 38 and grew up in Belgium with a foreign parent — one from Morocco in Cherkaoui's case and one from France in Jalet's. Both are also globetrotting choreographers and dancers who share a ...