Shizuka Hariu / SHSH Architecture+Scenography

between the Imaginary and the Concrete

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Sacred Monsters for Akram Khan and Sylvie Guillem


News: Sacred Monsters Final at Sadler's Wells in London

Sacred Monster was first premiered in 2006, 120,000 people saw Sacred Monsters in 87 venues over those 8 years, across 17 countries and 30 cities.
Akram Khan and Sylvie Guillem return to Sadler’s Wells, where they had started their journey.

Sacred Monsters explore the two iconic dancers’ childhood memories and voice
for experiment with a strong base of the classical tradition. Akram Khan said
“To be in the position where you can reach out to both, is the best place for me.’

During Akram's and Sylvie's rehearsals, Shizuka found out their dance connect beautifully both traditional and contemporary expression with high quality fluid body movements. She interpreted one continuous line inspired from wave mechanics, a contradictory unity between gravity and lightness, an eternal image of their dance expression. The design offers an ambiance with anonymous location, still gathering a sacred unity from both Tradition and Contemporaneity, Weight and Lightness, West and East, and Privacy and Stardom, behind this honest and straightforward choreography.

Choreography made for Sylvie Guillem’s solo by Lin Hwai Min, Khan’s solo by Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Akram Khan.Music was composed by Phillip Shapperd, Lighting design by Mikki Kunttu and Costume design by Kei Ito.

We had a premier in Sadler’s Wells Teheatre in London in 2006.