Founded in January 2010, Eastman was set up to produce and promote the work of artistic director/choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Cherkaoui’s work provides the audience with a vast array of projects and collaborations; ranging from contemporary dance, theatre, ballet, opera, musical and other forms of performance. His non-hierarchical thinking on movement, body language and culture is the basis of his artistic approach. Set in his native harbor city of Antwerp (Belgium), Eastman forms the central point for all of Cherkaoui’s work. Eastman is resident at deSingel International Art Campus (Antwerp). Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is associate artist at Sadler’s Wells (London, UK). As of September 2015 the choreographer is artistic director of Royal Ballet Flanders.
Since the foundation in 2010, Cherkaoui created amongst others Babel (words), Play, Rein, TeZukA, Puz/zle, 4D and Fractus V under the wings of Eastman. Eastman also coordinates all the work of Cherkaoui for other organizations.
International partners of Eastman include La Monnaie Brussels, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Grande Halle de La Villette Paris, deSingel International Arts Campus Antwerp and Sadler’s Wells London.
Eastman is supported by the Flemish Government and the BNP Paribas Foundation. Eastman was European Cultural Ambassador 2013.