For Marc Brew, it was a car accident that turned him from a ballet dancer into a paraplegic from one second to the next. Marc Brew and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui join forces for the first time to create a solo about this drastic event and the changes it brought about. Based on their own life stories and key moments, the two choreographers explore in a visually rich evening what it means when everything in life suddenly turns upside down. At the centre of the choreography is not just this one moment, but also the question of how people deal with such a stroke of fate.
An Accident is about vulnerability, resistance and the idea of the body as a map of one's own experiences. The two internationally renowned artists, who are working together for the first time, attempt to find new forms of movement and question socially standardised images of people with disabilities. Brew's paralysed body becomes a projection screen for many deeply human questions: What do we do when the planned path of life changes? How much determination is there in us and can new, different paths be found as a result? What does it take to come closer together as a society?
An Accident is a poignant reminder of why life-changing moments don't necessarily define who we are, how experiences shape us and how, when shared, we can learn from each other.
As part of Migros-Kulturprozent Dance Festival Steps.
With stroboscobic light effects.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is one of the most celebrated and globally successful choreographers of contemporary dance and the artistic director of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. The Belgian artist with Moroccan roots moves between different cultures and dance languages. He has choreographed for both Beyoncé and Cirque du Soleil and has already realised over fifty of his own productions over the course of his long career, including with his company Eastman, which he founded in 2010. In addition to numerous awards, including three "Choreographer of the Year" awards from the trade magazine "Tanz", two "Olivier Awards" and the KAIROS Prize, he was nominated for a "Tony Award" in the best choreography category for the musical Jagged Little Pill on Broadway in New York in 2020. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has been Artistic Director of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerp since 2015 before moving to the Grand Théâtre in Geneva as Ballet Director in 2022. With Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, one of the most important choreographers of our time is returning to the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps.
Marc Brew is a Scottish-based dancer and choreographer. The Australian received his training in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and at the Australian Ballet School. He has lived and worked in the UK for over twenty years, where he has worked for the inclusive dance company Candoco Dance Company, among others. Further engagements have taken Brew around the world as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and director, including with the State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre in New York and AXIS Dance Company, where he was artistic director from 2017 to 2021. Brew founded his own company in 2008. Since then, he has created numerous choreographies, including for the San Francisco Ballet School, Dancing Wheels, Scottish Ballet and Ballet Cymru in Wales, where he is currently an Associated Artist. Marc Brew was honoured by the Australian Government with the Centenary Medal for his outstanding contribution as a dancer and choreographer. For Steps he is working with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the first time.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Performance and co-creation
Pepijn Van Looy
Alexandre Dai Castaing
Verlee Van den Wouwer
Co-production and support
Eastman, Creative Scotland, Access to Work, Hessisches Staatsballett, Migros-Kulturprozent Tanzfestival Steps, Tramway, The Work Room Glasgow, Australian Council for the Arts, Holland Dance Festival