About performance


Antwerp, Belgium 

Project by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Shantala Shivalingappa  


  • Choreography / Performed by — 997
  • Choreography / Performed by — 996


Premiere: 20 October 2010, deSingel

Length: 1.15

A dialog expressed through movement, words, play, the dialog of live music and dance, dance and video, East and West, Yin and Yang, the show has as many meanings as the very word ‘Play’ has. It was Pina Bausch, her flash of genius and absolute devotion that brought Play into life. For many years a faithful advocate of Cherkaoui’s, a Belgian, and Shantala’s, an Indian, works, in 2008 she invited them to work together and show the outcome of their collaboration at her last festival. Play follows in the footsteps of then given direction being a tribute to Pina Bausch.

Coproducers : deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp, Belgium), Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Theaterfestival Boulevard (‘s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands), Fondazione Musica per Roma (Rome, Italy), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (Germany), Festival Automne en Normandie (Rouen, France) and Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (USA). With the support of Jerwood Studios at Sadler’s Wells (London, UK)

With thanks to : Board of Eastman vzw, deSingel International Arts Campus, Kobe Ramakers, Het Toneelhuis, Mien Muys, Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Festival, Barbara Drazkowska, Pol Paelinck, Oliver Koch, Steve Dujardin, Guy Cools, Akram Khan, Peter Jasko, Alexandra Gilbert, Karthika Naïr, Pina Bausch, Mr. and Mrs. Shivalingappa, Mr. Akkitham, Prof. B. Ramamoorthy Rao, Szymon Brzóska, Lies Doms and Frederik Verrote.

Eastman vzw is company in residence at deSingel International Arts Campus (Antwerp) and is supported by the Flemish Authorities, the Culture Programme of the European Union, la Fondation BNP Paribas and Asano Taiko Co Ltd. (Japan)

Eastman is European Cultural Ambassador 2013.