COLOURS International Dance Festival, TheaterhausStuttgart, Germany
13 - 14 July 2019Book
World Première: 13-14 July 2019, COLOURS International Dance Festival, Stuttgart
“I have awakened to a new way of dancing. And that is to dance my ideas through the bodies of others, including older dancers, who carry their histories and complex emotional experiences within them. But what remains unchanged is my passion for exploring old and new myths in the context of our times.” – Akram Khan
We are thrilled to announce our new Company production Outwitting the Devil. Stirring classical and contemporary, Akram Khan shares a new exploration of redefining our oldest rituals in the midst of our ever-changing planet.
Haunted by Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic mural of The Last Supper, Akram recalls studying the painting as a child and feeling unable to see himself reflected in it. Later in life he encountered the radical reinterpretation of the work, ‘The First Supper’ by Australian artist Susan Dorothea White, portraying 13 women from around the world. The figure in the position of Leonardo’s Christ is an Aboriginal woman, and the only white woman in the painting sits in the same position as Judas, the betrayer. Freeing himself from the classical version, Akram recognised an artist’s journey and challenge to convention which was parallel to his own.
To weave the narrative and design of this new piece, Akram has invited his close collaborators: dramaturg Ruth Little, composer Vincenzo Lamagna, rehearsal director Mavin Khoo, Kimie Nakano as costume designer, Jordan Tannahill as the writer – joined by lighting designer Aideen Malone and visual designer Tom Scutt.
Artistic Director/Choreographer Akram Khan
Dramaturg Ruth Little
Lighting Designer Aideen Malone
Visual Designer Tom Scutt
Original Music Score and Sound Design Vincenzo Lamagna
Costume Designer Kimie Nakano
Writer Jordan Tannahill
Rehearsal Director Mavin Khoo
Dancers Ching-Ying Chien, Andrew Pan, Dominique Petit, James Pham, Mythili Prakash, Sam Pratt
Producer Farooq Chaudhry
Technical Manager Tina Fagan
Production Manager Florian Stagliano
Project/Tour Manager Mashitah Omar
Co-produced by COLOURS International Dance Festival 2019 – Stuttgart, Théâtre de Namur – Centre Scénique, Sadler’s Wells London
Supported by Arts Council England