Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui wins Olivier Award


Antwerp dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is bringing home a third Olivier Award, one of the stage world’s most celebrated honours

Antwerp choreographer’s third Olivier

Antwerp choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (pictured) has won an Olivier Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the world for a stage production, for his piece Puz/zle. The choreography examines how we perceive – rightfully or mistakenly – the way things fit together to form identities.

The cast of  Puz/zle, which premiered at the Avignon Festival in 2012, includes dancers and musicians from around the world, including Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage and the Japanese percussionist and flautist Kazunari Abe.

The annual Olivier Awards, name after Laurence Olivier, honour the best in theatre and dance onstage in London the previous year. The awards are comparable to Britain’s Bafta for film and ensure international attention for productions and choreographers. This is Cherkaoui’s third Olivier award; he won two in 2011 for his production of Babel. Cherkaoui is an associate choreographer at London’s Sadler’s Wells Dance House.

photo by Koen Broos