In Rein Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui explores the implications of purity. The way that purifying a body makes a body disappear. Absolute purity actually means that nothing is left over.
Together with the Norwegian dancers, Guro Nagelhus Schia and Vebjørn Sundby, he seeks a movement language that can depict this disappearance. The musician and composer Tsubasa Hori, who used to play with the Japanese Kodo ensemble, plays the piano in Rein.
The dancer aims not to disturb the air around her body whilst keeping her body straight. Her partner approaches her gently and brushes her body with a soft cloth. Every touch, no matter how gentle, impacts her entire body. Purifying the body equals disappearance of the body. Absolute purity means no longer existing.
Rein premiered at the festival Dansand in Ostend.