In collaboration with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Edinburgh International Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de la Ville, Kadamati brings together communities of all backgrounds and abilities to experience a collective creative process across two major European cities, Edinburgh and Paris.
Kadamati is a spectacular free outdoor mass performance that gives the opportunity for hundreds of dancers to perform Akram’s choreography, and celebrate the diversity and unity of the 21st century people. Marking the centenary of the final year of the First World War, this profound and moving piece draws on themes of identity, migration, and hope, with the support of the powerfully epic music by Nitin Sawhney.
At once spiritual and universal, Kadamati – meaning ‘clay’ in Bengali – conjures up the idea that we are somehow all connected, and it is vital to return to the essence of the ritual and the body as part of a unified movement.
The work is performed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, during the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, on 22 August. Paris gathered 713 dancers in the forecourt of Parvis de l’hotel de Ville for their performances on 9 September.
Artistic Director/Choreographer Akram Khan
Music composed by Nitin Sawhney
Mass Movement Director Jennifer Irons
Rehearsal Director Jose Agudo
Mass Rehearsal Director Jon Beney
Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary
Partners Edinburgh International Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre de la Ville Paris
The choreography was originally commissioned by the Mayor of London for Big Dance 2016
Photo credit © Ryan Buchanan and © Jean-Louis Fernandez
Parvis de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 9 September 2018.
Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, 22 August 2018.