Akram Khan Company – XENOS - Tickets
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!
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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.
Fans of Akram Khan | Lovers of Dance | Family Audiences | Mythology Buffs
“A triumph of energy, empathy and intelligence” - The Telegraph
“Khan’s final solo performance, as an Indian ex-soldier reliving the horror of the trenches, is a dazzling test of endurance” - The Guardian
know before you go
1hr 5mins with no interval
Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted inside the theater
Assistive Hearing System
The Sadler’s Wells has a seating capacity of 1505
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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