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According to Jung, the self is only created when the conscious and the unconscious unite, and a failure to embrace our unconscious brings on fragmented turmoil. It’s this notion of ‘finding a balance within yourself and healing your internal conflicts’ that forms the focus for Flemish Les Ballets C de la B’s latest piece.

Purgatory in the guise of a therapist’s waiting room is the setting for five characters’ individual quests for salvation as they attempt to reunite two parts of their fractured psychological make-up.

‘Jung saw myth as a way into the subconscious,’ explains long standing company member, dancer, choreographer and trained polyphonic singer Damien Jalet. ‘We draw on the link between personal mythology and patient trauma.’

The piece takes inspiration from the east in the form of a Manga animation entitled X, in which two opposing forces are constantly in battle. ‘In the staging, different aesthetics bring together opposing elements and even two opposing realities are transcended,’ says Jalet. ‘Jung believed that if humanity were to disappear and start again, the same archetypes would be built, so the piece features fairytale-like, archetypal characters.’

Martial art, contortion and a 14th century religious soundtrack performed live by a polyphonic choir come together to create a compelling spectacle. Encouraging self acceptance and questioning the purpose of our earthly lives, this could mark the beginning of your own transcendental quest.


Dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui sees dance as a temporary sketch of reality: the drawing disappears when the movement ends. He describes his productions as 'storybooks in motion'.

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