Anyone who has seen Akram Khan perform has been captivated by his magnetic stage presence. Interweaving elements from two cultures, classical Indian kathak and contemporary dance, Khan’s virtuosity seems limitless. From ma to his more recent Until the Lions, Khan’s work has been acclaimed by audiences around the world. In XENOS (the Greek word for “stranger”), he is both creator and performer, a double pleasure. He immerses himself body and soul in the setting of World War I through the character of an Indian colonial soldier. An exploration of the beauty and horror of the human condition. Working notably with Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill, Khan makes this powerful story his own. More than ever, his incandescent performance commands the stage. “What is it that makes us human?” asks Akram Khan. And in the end, he charges into battle. Powerful.
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Born in London in 1974 into a family originally from Bangladesh, Akram Khan began dancing kathak at the age of seven. His first public performance was at age 14 as a dancer in Peter Brook’s legendary Mahabharata. He toured the piece around the world from 1987 to 1989, and also appeared in the 1988 televised version. After studying contemporary dance and working on the X-Group project with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in Bru...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/Performer Akram Khan.
Set Designer Mirella Weingarten.
Lighting Designer Michael Hulls.
Costume Designer Kimie Nakano.
Original Music Score and Sound Design Vincenzo Lamagna.
Dramaturg Ruth Little.
Writer Jordan Tannahill.
Rehearsal Director Mavin Khoo.
Dancer Akram Khan.
Musicians Nina Harries (double bass & vocals), Andrew Maddick (violin), B C Manjunath (percussions & konnakol), Tamar Osborn (baritone saxophone), Aditya Prakash (vocals).
Producer Farooq Chaudhry.
Associate Producer Lindsey Dear.
Technical Director Richard Fagan.
Production Manager John Valente.
Stage Manager Marek Pomocki.
Lighting Engineer Stéphane Déjours.
Sound Engineer Julien Deloison.
Technician Russell Parker.
Project/Tour Manager Mashitah Omar.
Props made by Louise Edge from LFX props & special fx.
The original music score was devised in collaboration with the musicians, and contains extracts from Requiem in D minor K. 626 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire (traditional composition), Tu Karim (traditional composition), Chhap Tilak (Amir Khusro), Babul Mora (Nawab Wajid Ali Shah), Naiharwa (Kabir).
Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.
Co-produced by Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, The Grange Festival Hampshire, Sadler’s Wells London, New Vision Arts Festival Hong Kong, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, National Arts Centre Ottawa, The 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF), Centro Cultural de Belém, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Grec 2018 Festival de Barcelona, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide Festival, Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Julidans Amsterdam, Canadian Stage Toronto, Romaeuropa Festival, Torinodanza festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts New York, University of California Berkeley, Danse Danse Montreal, Curve Leicester.
Sponsored by COLAS.
Supported by Arts Council England.
Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells London and Curve Leicester.Produced during residency at The Grange Festival, Hampshire and Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens (OCC).
Special thanks to Katia Arfara & the OCC team, Michael Chance, Michael Moody, Nigel Hinds, Jenny Waldman, Sarah Goodfellow, Hervé Le Bouc, Delphine Lombard, Béatrice Abeille-Robin, Mr. & Mrs. Khan, Yuko Khan, Sayuri & Kenzo Khan, Dannii Evans, Zia Ali, Es Devlin, Zena Edwards, Tim Freke, Ronan Harrington, Daniel Hernandez, Amit Lahav, Jerome Lewis, Confucius MC, Vahakn Matossian, Camilla Power, Ella Saltmarshe, Murray Shanahan, Zahed Sultan, Temujen Gunawandera, Jess Balla, Chris Timpson, Paul Evans, Robin Leonard, Florian Stagliano.
Akram Khan gratefully acknowledges Akram Khan Company staff team: Farooq Chaudhry, Jan Hart, Richard Fagan, Tina Fagan, Mashitah Omar, Clare Cody-Richardson, Céline Gaubert, Christine Maupetit, Amy Sharkey, Hannah Patel, Mai Tassinari, Nathan White, and all those who contributed to make the production successful.