an Accident / a Life Marc Brew & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

2 till 4 February 2024

Theater aan het Spui, The Hague

€24.00 - €29.00


A special, exciting new collaboration between Australian dancer Marc Brew and the world-renowned Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui leads to the world premiere of An Accident/ a life. In this first joint creation, Brew (performer and co-creator) and Cherkaoui (choreographer and director) unravel moments from our lives, exploring profound events and fraught memories with and without words – using dance, storytelling, film and a car. 

The starting point for Brew and Cherkaoui was the sharing of their own life stories and the pivotal moments within them. For Brew, foremost among these was his car accident in 1997, transforming him from a successful ballet dancer into a paralyzed man confined to a wheelchair in a mere split second. 

Following previous, acclaimed solos
This experience taught Brew, a performer at our festival in the past, to think out of the box and cultivate a fresh perspective on dance. "Despite being unable to walk, jump, turn, or stretch my foot, I still felt like a dancer. I began exploring how I could move with my altered body, whether in my wheelchair, outside of it, alone, or with others." This exploration resulted not only in remarkable solos such as For Now I am and Remember When, both acclaimed by both press and audiences, but also established Brew as a successful choreographer. Currently serving as an associate artist with British Ballet Cymru, he also is artistic director of inclusive dance companies like Axis Dance Company and his own Marc Brew Company. Festival director Samuel Wuersten notes: "Marc may appear fragile, but he is anything but. He and Larbi are two 'forces of nature' that interact and reinforce each other." 

A 'modified sponge'
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui stands as one of the most sought-after and award-winning contemporary choreographers of his generation. His debut creation, Anonymous Society in 1999, garnered multiple international awards, marking the beginning of an extensive body of work. Cherkaoui uniquely and headstrongly explores and questions diverse cultures and their traditions. Describing himself as a ‘modified sponge’, he absorbs various dance forms, intertwining them and adaptively responding to the qualities of his dancers and partners for each performance. Whether collaborating with a Spanish flamenco dancer, a Swedish contortionist, an Indian kathak dancer, Chinese monks, or Argentine tango dancers, Cherkaoui's versatility shines. Previously the artistic director of Ballet Flanders from 2015 to 2022, he now directs the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. Since 2010, he leads his own group, Eastman, and holds the position of associate artist at Sadler's Wells in London and Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes. Additionally, Cherkaoui has provided choreography to award-winning films and Beyoncé's performances and music videos. 

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NOTE! Trigger/ content warning: 
The performance uses light strobe (flashing lights for short periods of time).

Data & tickets

date start time location price tickets
Fri 2 February 2024 20:15 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag €24,00 - €29,00 Past
Sat 3 February 2024 20:15 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag €24,00 - €29,00 Past
Sun 4 February 2024 15:30 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag €24,00 - €29,00 Past


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An Accident © Susan Hay
An Accident © Susan Hay
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Director: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Performer and co-creator: Marc Brew
Designer: Pepijn van Looy
Costume Stylist: Verlee van den Wouwer 
Music composition and instrumentation: Alexandre De Castaing
Light Consultant: Adam Carrée
Video Artist: Maxime Guislain
Rehearsal Director: Hayley Earlam 
Camera Operator/Stagehand: Lewis Landini 
Voice Consultant: Susan Worsford
Audio Describe, Tramway: Emma Jane McHenry

Creative Producer: Susan Hay
Producer: Gert van Overloop
Artistic Associate: Stephan Laks
Production Manager: Grahame Coyle
Stage Manager: Mickey Graham
Sound Engineer: Sam Martin-Randerson
Visuals Engineer: Jamie Wardrop
Rigger, Tramway: Imogen Froy- Michel

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui PA: Lars Boot
Marc Brew PA: Melanie Wilson

Art Direction & Production - Tanker:  Floris Van Looy, Robbie Van Nieuwenhove, Koen Luypaert
Cello: Julia Kent

Press & Communications: Jonas Schildermans & Joy Parkinson
Marketing: Rebecca Doggett

Belgium Team
Dresser: Saar Swinters
Stage Crew: Pol Van Den Broek
Video & Creative Director, Artifex Studio: Geoffrey Oelbrandt
Technical production: Nils Geernaert
Lighting Programmer: Pascal Schutijser

A collaboration between Marc Brew and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

A Marc Brew Company and Eastman co-production. Co-produced by Perpodium. Co-produced by the Hessisches Staatsballett in the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, a collaboration project between the Hessisches Staatsballett in Staatstheater Darmstadtand Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm. Co-produced with Holland Dance Festival. In co-production with Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps. 

Co-commissioned by Tramway and Sadler’s Wells. In Association with National Theatre Scotland. 

Developed in residency at the Théâtre National de Bretagne (TNB), Cumbernauld Theatre, The Work Room and De Warande. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body. With the support of the Flemish Government and the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter programme. Supported by Creative Scotland. 

With thanks to Ruth Little, David Street, George Bushway, Yvonne Strain, Katy Steele, Ivy Gamboa, Imogen Froy-Michel, EJ McHenry, Ali Low, James Gardner, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Grid Iron. 


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