The spirit of man loves Purity 

Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén
Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

Pure Dance, 2018


Nagelhus Schia Productions
Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 
Dance: Guro Nagelhus Schia and Vebjørn Sundby

Alle fotografier: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

"Now the spirit of man loves Purity, but his mind disturbs it. The mind of man loves stillness, but his desires draw it away. If he could always send his desires away, his mind would of itself become still. Let his mind be made clean, and his spirit will of itself become pure." (Taoist text) 

With Pure Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui explores the implications of purity, and the overwhelming preoccupation with the concept. He questions whether purifying a body could make that body disappear and if absolute purity does not actually mean that nothing will be left. Together with the Norwegian dancers Guro Nagelhus Schia and Vebjørn Sundby, he seeks a movement language that can portray this disappearance.