ABSTRACT

The Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the British-Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan both made their official choreographic debut around the turn of the millennium. Since then their expanding choreographic universes have been exemplary for a paradigm shift in contemporary choreography. As second generation immigrants, both their personal and artistic identities are formed in-between (dance) cultures. Their work critically questions Western modern and post-modern notions of purity of form or uniqueness of an artistic signature, bridging between cultures and languages, between tradition and the contemporary. They both met early on in their careers; collaborated on the iconic zero degrees (2005) and continue to exchange their choreographic knowledge. In what follows, I will discuss in more detail some episodes of their intertwined journeys in-between dance cultures.