St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre
St James Theatre

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's work had been to New Zealand before, with works like Iets Op Bach and Foi appearing at the Festival previously, but I think Sutra was the first to appear under his own name rather than as part of Les Ballets C de la B.  (Happy to be proven wrong of course, but that's how I remember it!)

I didn't make the connection immediately, but when I saw a bit of the show in rehearsal after a powhiri to welcome the performers, something felt familiar - and in a good way.  I've now seen two more of his works (Babel at Sydney Festival in 2011, and Tezuka in Wellington in 2012) - and he's a choreographer and performer I'd certainly keep an eye out for.

What I didn't realise during the photo shoot was that he was rehearsing another performer to take on the role, so by the time I got back to see the show later that week, someone else was dancing it!  Glad I got to see both, even if it was just a portion of the show I saw initially; it's always interesting to compare someone's original interpretation of a work compared with subsequent productions or performances of it, I think.

(A smaller collection of images today, but tomorrow's going to be big...!)

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