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BABEL (words), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley, Sadler's Wells | reviews, news & interviews

BABEL (words), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley, Sadler's Wells

BABEL (words), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Antony Gormley, Sadler's Wells

The Turkish music is great, so is the Amy Winehouse girl in PVC trousers

'BABEL (words)': Gormley's aluminium box-frames need to be given something to doKoen Broos

Collaborations for dance, theatre and other things are coming thick and fast at Sadler’s Wells nowadays - these are not halcyon days for pure choreography. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has become a regular at Rosebery Avenue with his mixed-theatre works FOI, Myth, Zero Degrees and Sutra, with Antony Gormley, Akram Khan and the Shaolin Monks, and now here's his fifth, BABEL (words). This is definitely wordy, and certainly a Babel of languages, Japanese, French, Italian, Turkish, Dutch, German, daffy in places, an aimless drag in others, and a mystifying 100 minutes long (yet certainly no less diverting than the 100 minutes of the frightful new film StreetDance, of which more on Thursday).

The essential phrase nobody seems to know in any language is, "Shall we all go home now?"

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