There are few genres Belgium’s Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui hasn’t tried his hand at. Over the past 25 years, his eclectic approach has taken him from television to the Shaolin Temple, from voguing and African dance to the contemporary scene. In 2015, he also became the artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders – an entirely new challenge. He spoke with ICONS ahead of his first creation Medusa for London's The Royal Ballet,
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- Marcus H. - Mentorship in absolutely needed for choreographers. None of us are able to create work in a vacuum and having a trusted mentor involved in the act of creation ensures that the best work is being produced by a choreographer.
- Sean H. - Mentorship provides another set of eyes, ideas, encouragement, constructive criticism or nudging into new/different directions, etc. Those people for me have asked questions that propel new directions. The entire field benefits, really.
- Mecca M. - I believe mentor ship is definitely needed. Sometimes choreographers get in their head and need another party to talk them off the ledge. It’s also good to have someone more experienced than you giving constructive criticism.
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