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Accompanied by an immensely talented cast of dancers and musicians, Khan presents a fabulous dance show that effortlessly shifts between classical Indian Kathak and contemporary western dance!

why you should watch akram khan company – xenos

Based on the suffering of innumerable forgotten and unacknowledged Indian soldiers who fought on Britain’s side in World War I, XENOS is a fascinating confluence of various forms of dance. The story begins at an Indian wedding in which a Kathak dancer is entertaining the audience. The makeshift bulbs flicker frequently, acting as references to the trenches of the First World War. As the wedding decorations fade away with increasing power cuts and brownouts, the sounds of celebration are replaced by the harrowing roar of artillery and sniper rifles on a desolate battlefield. XENOS presents the dream-like experience the dancer goes through as he relives the battles he once fought.

Akram Khan’s incredible choreography manages to express the fragility of human life. Backed by Vincenzo Lamagna’s haunting score, XENOS delves deep into the physical and mental pain of a nameless soldier. Much like Prometheus in Greek mythology, the soldier depicted in Khan’s piece is trapped in an endless cycle of suffering. Michael Hull's brilliant lighting and Kimie Nakano’s costumes perfectly complement Khan’s moving choreography.

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Fans of Akram Khan | Lovers of Dance | Family Audiences | Mythology Buffs


“A triumph of energy, empathy and intelligence”

“Khan’s final solo performance, as an Indian ex-soldier reliving the horror of the trenches, is a dazzling test of endurance”

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Show Details

Opening Date: 3 Oct 2020
Closing Date: 5 Oct 2020

Show Timings

Mon, Sat 7:30 PM
Sun 4 PM

Presented By
Akram Khan Dance Company

Composed By
Vincenzo Lamagna

Written By
Jordan Tannahill

Lighting Design By
Michael Hulls

Additional Info

1hr 5mins with no interval

Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted inside the theater

Available Facilities
Theatre Bar
Coat Check
Assistive Hearing System

The Sadler’s Wells has a seating capacity of 1505

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly

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