Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan in "Sacred Monsters"
French ballet maestro Sylvie Guillem collaborates with England’s star dancer Akram Khan in Sacred Monsters: a dance performance exploring the boundaries between the two great classical dance forms of ballet and kathak.
The dance tells the stories of the childhood memories of both dancers and explores the notion of male and female energies as spiritual forces rooted in creation stories or myths. Male and femaleness are viewed as binary forces that at once co-exist but oppose each other. The work represents Guillem’s and Khan’s common desire to experiment, to renew their knowledge as well as to find a more personal voice within their individual dance disciplines.
Acclaimed for her performances of major classical ballet repertoires, Sylvie Guillem is perhaps the world’s most celebrated ballerina. She has worked with many great choreographers including Maurice Béjart who created three ballets for her and cast her in two of his most famous works, Bolero and The Rite of Spring. Mats Ek also made two filmed ballets for her with special effects, Wet Woman and Smoke. Traveling worldwide to perform with many companies (including guest appearances at the Opéra); she took opportunities to enlarge her repertoire before joining the Royal Ballet in 1990, where she is now Principal Guest Artist. Sylvie’s interest in modern choreography saw her collaborations with dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt and choreographer Russell Maliphant in Broken Fall which premiered at Covent Garden as a joint programme with Royal Ballet in 2003.
Sacred Monsters will play at the Esplanade Theatre on 8 and 9 June as part of the Singapore Arts Festival 2007 which takes place from 25 May to 24 June.