On 3 July at 19:00 everyone was invited to attend “Origine” by choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In “Origine” choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates an intimate atmosphere with four dancers. He chose these dancers to give form to the four points of the compass which also seem to determine the great cultural relationships: north versus south and east versus west.
“Origine” explores the wellsprings of civilisation, and associated paradigms, it is also intensely, almost painfully, topical – sharply underscoring the solitude of 21st century existence, the omnipresence of the cult of consumerism and the barriers that rule over the global village the planet claims to be. And yet, it repeatedly reminds us – through movement, visuals and even costumes – of the continuity between the seemingly distant past and our own fleeting present. And while the quartet featuring the Icelandic Valgenorour Rúnarsdóttir (Vala), the South African Shawn Mothupi, the American Daisy Phillips and the Japanese Kazutomi Kozuki (Tsuki) epitomizes both the four great nodes of a cultural and geographic compass and the basic elements fire, earth, water and air, nothing is what it seems; no element is pure and undiluted.