To say ballet dancers are cosmopolitans in their own way is not such a strange thing to say, drawing inspiration from cultures all around the world. It comes as no surprise either that we do not sit down with Cherkaoui somewhere in Ghent or Antwerp where the Royal Ballet mostly performs, but instead we talk to him over Skype with him being in New York. Cherkaoui is working with director Diane Paulus on a brand new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s debut album Jagged Little Pill. His claim to fame does not end there: what got that ball rolling was the fact that he made headlines with the choreography of Beyoncé’s dance act during the 2017 Grammy Awards. Consider us very, very impressed.