The son of a Moroccan father and Belgian mother, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is also teetotal and a vegan. “An Arab who doesn’t eat meat, and a Belgian who doesn’t drink beer” (as he once put it to me), he also (as he recently told a fellow dance critic) grew up as “a white gay Arab”. This profound sense of apartness has helped spur him on to become one of the greatest contemporary choreographers of the modern age, constantly seeking out and exploring common threads between superficially distant cultures. And it has also, it seems, been fundamental to his debut piece for the Royal Ballet.
In Medusa, he tells a version of the Ancient Greek myth – similar, apparently, to Ovid’s account of it – in which...
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