Lightning and thunder. Light and sound. The illusions of distance and nearness they convey in a sky that deceptively appears a constant. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has been fascinated by the different images these convey, while their source is often one and the same. He seeks to highlight different patterns of sound and different sources of light that come together to create a constellation, a system where things are kept suspended and in movement by each other’s gravitational fields and contending forces. By the flow of light and sound emanating from darkness and their return to that state. All this with and through Aaskash Odedra as the locus, the astral body generating its own rhythms and luminosity.
Constellation formed part of Rising, an evening of new work performed by Aakash Odedra, exploring different processes and aesthetics to create a new personal language. The four solos were choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Aakash Odedra himself.