Distances collapse and strangers become kin in this triptych of solos in which Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui gives voice to and, conversely, pierces the depth of human solitude and sorrow.
With 3S Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui turns his gaze on the lone self: solitary yet inevitably bound to the world, to the specificities and universalities of the habitats that nurture, endanger, and define each of us. 3S marks a reunion with three dancers - Nicola Leahey, Kazutomi “Tsuki” Kozuki and Jean Michel Sinisterra Munoz - in a performance composed of three solos. All three draw invisible lines between the lands they were born in — Australia, Japan and Colombia respectively – thus forming a giant triangle across the globe, whose medians touch us all.
So it is with the themes evoked in each solo. Nicola Leahey channels the late poet Alice Eather’s powerful words about the wanton abuse of ancient forests by multinational corporations, a legacy of the colonial oppression of Aborigines. Kazutomi Kozuki evokes both individual and collective trauma over nuclear disaster, the damage it wreaks on bodies and land, the (in)visible wounds that do not heal. Jean Michel Sinisterra Munoz finds reflections of Colombia’s guerrilla warfare – with its deadly capacity to draw in the very young as combatants – in the juggernaut of Syria’s civil war.
Songstresses and musicians Ghalia Benali, Patrizia Bovi and Tsubasa Hori join the dancers to give voice to and, conversely, pierce the depth of human solitude and sorrow. Filmmaker Sabine Groenewegen’s images act as portals that transmit elements from the outer world to the stage, or could it be the other way around?