“We think we own the Earth, but we are only guests on this planet, like all other species,” explains Akram Khan. The brilliant British choreographer, who danced the role of Mowgli in an Indian production at the age of 10, has never forgotten the lessons he learned from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book (1894). Now he reframes Mowgli’s journey through the eyes of a young climate refugee. Arriving alone in a deserted urban jungle where wild animals have taken over the streets, the child soon meets some unlikely allies. Combining dance, theatre, animation and video projections with Jocelyn Pook’s spellbinding score, this coming-of-age story performed by 10 exceptional dancers underlines the urgency of inventing a new world together.
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Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In the last 22 years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as Jungle Book reimagined, Outwitting the Devil, XENOS, Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), DESH, Vertica...Read more about Akram Khan
In July 1999 in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, an animated and curiosity-filled conversation took place between the young gifted dancer/choreographer Akram Khan and an ambitious former dancer and just recently graduated arts manager Farooq Chaudhry. That conversation laid the foundation stone for a dynamic collaboration, culminating in the creation of Akram Khan Company one year later. Inspired by Akram Kh...Read more about Akram Khan Company
Director/Choreographer Akram Khan.
Creative Associate/Coach Mavin Khoo.
Writer Tariq Jordan.
Dramaturgical Advisor Sharon Clark.
Composer Jocelyn Pook.
Sound Designer Gareth Fry.
Lighting Designer Michael Hulls.
Visual Stage Designer Miriam Buether.
Art Direction and Director of Animation Adam Smith (YeastCulture).
Producer/Director of Video Design Nick Hillel (YeastCulture).
Rotoscope Artists/Animators Naaman Azhari, Natasza Cetner, Edson R Bazzarin.
Rehearsal directors (Tour) Nicky Henshall.
Rehearsal directors Andrew Pan, Angela Towler.
Dancers Maya Balam Meyong, Tom Davis-Dunn, Harry Theadora Foster, Filippo Franzese, Bianca Mikahil, Max Revell, Matthew Sandiford, Pui Yung Shum, Elpida Skourou, Holly Vallis, Jan Mikaela Villanueva, Luke Watson.
Assistant Animators Nisha Alberti, Geo Barnett, Miguel Mealla Black, Michelle Cramer, Jack Hale, Zuzanna Odolczyk, Sofja Umarik .
Voice Actors Tian-Lan Chaudhry, Joy Elias-Rilwan, Pushkala Gopal, Dana Haqjoo, Nicky Henshall, Su-Man Hsu, Kathryn Hunter, Emmanuel Imani, Divya Kasturi, Jeffery Kissoon, Mavin Khoo, Yasmin Paige, Max Revell, Christopher Simpson, Pui Yung Shum, Holly Vallis, Jan Mikaela Villanueva, Luke Watson, 3rd year students of Rambert School.
Producing Director Farooq Chaudhry.
Executive Director Isabel Tamen.
Project Manager Mashitah Omar.
Technical Director Zeynep Kepekli.
Technical Manager Michael Cunningham.
Touring Production Manager and Prop Maker Marek Pomocki.
Lighting Engineer Stephane Dejours.
Sound Engineer Philip Wood.
Video Technician and Projectionist Matthew Armstrong.
Stage Manager Samuel Collier.
Co-producers by Curve Leicester, Attiki Cultural Society – Greece, Birmingham Hippodrome, Edinburgh International Festival, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance – Chicago, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – New York, Maison de la Danse / Pôle européen de création – Lyon, National Arts Centre – Canada, New Vision Arts Festival – Hong Kong, Orsolina28, Pfalzbau Bühnen – Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen, Romaeuropa Festival, Stanford Live / Stanford University, Teatros del Canal – Madrid, théâtre de Caen, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris.
The technical adaptation of Jungle Book reimagined is kindly supported by Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.
With the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Genesis Foundation and Angela Bernstein CBE.
Supported by Arts Council England.