Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, reunited for this summer's programme Solo for Two at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Stanislavsky Musical Theater in Moscow and the London Coliseum, will open their evening with extracts from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Mea Culpa.
Mea Culpa was created for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 2006 with music by Heinrich Schütz. It will be accompanied by the Ensemble Akadêmia, conducted by its founder Françoise Lasserre.
Cherkaoui was born in Antwerp to a Flemish mother and a Moroccan father, and his début as a choreographer came in 1999 with a piece based on Jacques Brel's songs. He is now one of the world's most exciting creators of modern dance, collaborating with Sadler's Wells (where he's been an Associate Artist since 2008), the Ballets Cullberg and the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.
Solo for Two is a co-production by Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Ardani Artists. Following the Center performances, 25–27 July, the programme will be performed at the Stanislavsky Musical Theater in Moscow (31 July – 3 August) and in London at the Coliseum (6–9 August).
MEA CULPA (extracts)
Choreographer and Director: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Staging: Gioia Masala and Rodolphe Lucas
Music: Heinrich Schütz
Music performed by: l'Ensemble Akadêmia (France)
Conductor: Françoise Lasserre
– INTERVAL –
Choreographed by: Ohad Naharin
Music by: Autechre and Traditional English folk music
– INTERVAL –
Directed & Choreographed by: Arthur Pita
Music by: Frank Moon, Phil King, Fado
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