BABEL (Years 11-13)

Eastman VZW and Theatre Royal De La Monnaie Belgium

The most fiercely resonant dance theatre of the decade.

The Guardian

Babel (words), an infinitely beautiful dance-theatre masterpiece from Europe's hottest choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, will sweep you up and carry you away.

Immersive and wonderfully multi-layered, Babel explores the world of language and the languages of the world.  Beneath a towering set of transparent, scaffold-like cubes designed by artist Antony Gormley, multi-cultural and multi-lingual dancers beat out fierce, fragile and deeply delicate rhythms as they transform and reform their bodies into images so transfixing they'll remain with you forever.

Majestically staged and with five musicians playing live on stage, Babel has a score that fuses Hindi beats, Japanese drumming and melancholic, medieval flute and harp. It prompts audiences into conversations about culture, community, communication and the borders that separate us.

Babel is the climax of Cherkaoui's choreographic exploration of humanity and the myths that shape our beliefs.

Language is nothing more than a tool to understand another human being. Any way of speaking is, in a way, correct as long as you can be understood by someone else..... The human soul is common everywhere.- Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

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