Nomad Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - Eastman

8 till 9 December 2022

Amare, The Hague

€20.00 - €42.00


The Flemish-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is recognized worldwide as one of the most leading and original choreographers of his generation. He has developed an impressive oeuvre that personally examines and questions the traditions of the great cultures. Recurring elements in his work are spirituality, being different, the search for identity, religion and the fascination for other cultures. His trademark is a generous, poetic-elegant and lyrical dance style.

The evening-filling work Nomad is a special mosaic consisting of living and inanimate elements from the desert, made on Middle Eastern-inspired music by Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx. The dance performance is a metaphor for ultimate freedom, but also for the impossibility of surviving in the desert. The dancing nomads show the fluidity and adaptability of creatures that thrive in the most extreme conditions. Against a gigantic desert statue on the back wall of the stage, there is almost animal dancing, such as snakes, lizards or camels. Each dancer individually shows the spirit of togetherness and friendship, the key to survival in a dry world, which would be insurmountable without the support of another. You can only survive the ultimate inhospitability of a desert by working together, where the landscape and the urge to survive call for special movements.

This nomadic world is also reinforced by danced geometric Arabic motifs, such as the flower. The costumes, created by the Antwerp fashion designer Jan-Jan Van Essche, are inspired by the wealth of fabrics that desert dwellers wear to protect themselves from the heat.

Free introduction
Prior to the performance on Friday 9 December at 7.45 pm, you can attend an introduction in the Spinozafoyer in Amare on presentation of your ticket. The introduction is free and subject to availability. There will be no introduction on Thursday 8 December.

This performance can be seen thanks to the International Dance Fund (FIND). Amare, Holland Dance Festival and Nederlands Dans Theater join forces in this fund with the aim of presenting high-profile international dance productions in Amare and profiling The Hague as the dance city of the Netherlands.

Data & tickets

date start time location price tickets
Thu 8 December 2022 20:30 Amare, Den Haag €20 - €42 Past
Fri 9 December 2022 20:30 Amare, Den Haag €20 - €42 Past




Choreography & directed by
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Music composition
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Felix Buxton, Kaspy N’dia

Additional music
Yarkin featuring The Sufi Vocal Masters, Al Adhan, Al Qantarah, Fadia Tomb El-Hage, Oli Savill (Percussion), traditional songs from the Amami islands in Japan

Sound design
Felix Buxton

Pol Van den Broek, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Mabrouk Gouicem, Mohamed Toukabri, Kazutomi "Tsuki" Kozuki, Astrid Sweeney, Anna Senognoeva, Jonas Vandekerckhove, Marina Kushchova, Dayan Akhmedgaliev, Oliver Tida Tida

Live music
Kaspy N’dia

Jan-Jan Van Essche

Set design
Willy Cessa, Adam Carrée

Light design
Willy Cessa

Video design
Paul Van Caudenberg

Assistent choreograaf
Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Oscar Ramos

Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern

Artistic advisor and associate
Václav Kuneš

Vocal coach
Anna Sato

Music engineered by
Duncan F. Brown

Stage manager
Nils Geernaert

Maxim Guislain (video), Krispijn Schuyesmans (licht), Elric Reinartz (geluid), Chloë Köpping (assistent toneelmeester)

Saar Swinters

Implementation set
Martin Baarda

Tour manager
Alessandra Oliveira


420PEOPLE, Cultuurcentrum Berchem

Thanks to
Francesca Maria Amante, Sabine Groenendijk, Vojtěch Rak, Antonin Rioche, Filip Staněk, Nicola Leahey, Jason Kittelberger, Satyagraha dancers of Eastman/Theater Basel, Karthika Naïr, Carly Heathcote
With the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation and the Flemish Government

Eastman is resident at deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp