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Past Event

Perth International Arts Festival presents


Dance ignites the beauty of language.


, 7.30pm

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Tickets $16

  • Dance
  • Music


All the major ideologies and world religions, from Marx to Mao, and from Christianity to Islam, refer to (and swear by) a holy scripture.

In Apocrifu, Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui uses the language of the body to explore the truth of religious texts. Extraordinary dance, heavenly harmonies and a set strewn with books come together in a creation full of mystery and invention.

Performing with Yasuyuki Shuto, a classical dancer from the Ballet of Tokyo, and Dimitri Jourde, a contemporary dancer and circus artist, Cherkaoui brings together distinct universes and opposing dance languages in a performance
about the power of words and language to antagonise and divide.

The remarkable polyphonic singing of all-male Corsican vocal ensemble A Filetta provides a beautiful choral backdrop to the movement. While their music celebrates the migrations of language, Cherkaoui’s choreography
throws up image after image of the divisions that words create.

English and Japanese with surtitles

Fri 26 Feb

Download the Apocrifu event program here.

Awards & Reviews


Cast & Crew / Artists

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


A Filetta


Herman Sorgeloos

Set Designer

Luc Schaltin

Lighting Designer

Dries Van Noten

Costume Designer

A Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie production in co-operation with Eastman

Show Date & Times

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA 7.30pm*

  1. Feb T 25 *
  2. F 26 *
  3. S 27 *




Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Corner Roe and William Streets, Perth Show in Google Maps ›
08 6212 9200
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