World Première: 21 February 2018, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens


But just as there is no fire without fuel they needed new strangers to burn
So they began making strangers of themselves
Xenos by Jordan Tannahill


We are extremely excited to announce Akram’s most anticipated new solo, XENOS, which will mark his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece.

In this brand-new work commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Akram explores the myth of Prometheus – the Titan who stole fire and gave it to mankind – through the experience of an Indian colonial soldier in the First World War.

Was Prometheus’ gift the blessing or the curse of mankind? By revisiting the classical Greek myth in the context of the most violent century in human history, XENOS reveals the beauty and horror of the human condition.

XENOS, meaning ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’, seeks to express tales of loss, hope and redemption, through a movement language that shifts between classical kathak and contemporary dance.

Akram has brought together a stellar creative team. Along with dramaturg Ruth Little and acclaimed Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill, he teams up with German designer Mirella Weingarten, award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, costume designer Kimie Nakano, and composer Vincenzo Lamagna.

Akram will be joined onstage by five international musicians: percussionist B C Manjunath, vocalist Aditya Prakash, bass player Nina Harries, violinist Andrew Maddick, and saxophonist Tamar Osborn.


Photos by Nicol Vizioli

"What makes us human?"


Director/Choreographer/Performer Akram Khan

Set Designer Mirella Weingarten
Lighting Designer Michael Hulls
Costume Designer Kimie Nakano
Original Music Score composed by Vincenzo Lamagna
Dramaturg Ruth Little
Writer Jordan Tannahill
Rehearsal Director Mavin Khoo

Dancer Akram Khan
Musicians Nina Harries, Andrew Maddick, B C Manjunath, Tamar Osborn, Aditya Prakash

Producer Farooq Chaudhry
Associate Producer Lindsey Dear
Technical Director Richard Fagan
Technical Coordinator John Valente
Stage Manager Marek Pomocki
Lighting Engineer Stéphane Déjours
Sound Engineer Julien Deloison
Project/Tour Manager Mashitah Omar


Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary

Confirmed co-producers to date New Vision Arts Festival Hong Kong, Sadler’s Wells London, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Grec Festival de Barcelona, Adelaide Festival, Centro Cultural de Belém, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Edinburgh International Festival, Concertgebouw Brugge, Espace des Arts Chalon-sur-Saône, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, manège scène nationale – reims, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Romaeuropa Festival, National Arts Centre Ottawa, 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, Hampshire and Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens



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