Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Shantala Shivalingappa

From 27 jul to 30 jul at 9pm - Institut du Monde Arabe

Play is the meeting of two incredible artists – Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa and Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who share and weave together their roots and their respective influences. Play came into being thanks to the great Pina Bausch who was the first one who thought of bringing them together on stage. It is dedicated to her. Accompanied by both Eastern and Western musicians, Shantala Shivalingappa and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui explore the inner working of relationships using rhythmic patterns and gestural codes inspired by “kuchipudi” (a traditional dance from south-east India). Against the backdrop of a game of chess, the stage turns into a vast playing field where a minute inflection of the hand can disrupt the narrative process and thereby transform the story. It is a space dedicated to seduction, challenge, approach and infinite attempts, where male and female energies are pitted against each other with extreme care.


Choreography: Shantala Shivalingappa and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Music composition: Patrizia Bovi, Tsubasa Hori, Gabriele Miracle, Olga Wojciechowska

Assistant choreographer: Jon Filip Fahlstrøm

Live music: Patrizia Bovi, Tsubasa Hori, Gabriele Miracle, Olga Wojciechowska

Stage design assistants: Kazutomi ‘Tsuki’ Kozuki, Benfury

Artistic consultant: Arthur Nauzyciel

Lighting design: Adam Carrée

Set design / Puppets: Filip Peeters

Video design: Paul Van Caudenberg

Costume design: Lieve Meeussen

Technical manager: Patrick ‘Sharp’ Vanderhaegen

Technicians: Mathias Batsleer, Janneke Hertoghs, Jef Verbeeck


Production / Manager: Arnout André de la Porte. Production: Eastman / Coproducteurs : DeSingel (Antwerp, Belgium), Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Theaterfestival Boulevard (Den Bosch, the Netherlands), Fondazione Musica per Roma (Rome, Italy), the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (Allemagne), Festival Automne en Normandie (Rouen, France) et Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (USA). Avec le soutien de Jerwood Studios à Sadlers Wells (Londres, UK). Remerciements:  Board of Eastman vzw, deSingel, Kobe Ramakers, Het Toneelhuis, Mien Muys, Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Festival, Barbara Drazkowska, Pol Paelinck, Oliver Koch, Steve Dujardin, Guy Cools, Akram Khan, Peter Jasko, Alexandra Gilbert, Karthika Naïr, Pina Bausch, Mr. and Mrs. Shivalingappa, Mr. Akkitham, Prof. B. Ramamoorthy Rao, Szymon Brzoska, Lies Doms and Frederik Verrote. Soutien: Jerwoord Studios at Sadler’s Wells (London). Eastman vzw est une compagnie en résidence à deSingel Campus des Arts International (Anvers) et est representé en France par Quaternaire.

FROM 27 TO 30 JULY AT 9.30pm




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  • Thursday 27 July - 09pm30
    Institut du Monde Arabe
  • Friday 28 July - 09pm30
    Institut du Monde Arabe
  • Saturday 29 July - 09pm30
    Institut du Monde Arabe
  • Sunday 30 July - 09pm30
    Institut du Monde Arabe

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