Chotto Xenos

World Première: 21 February 2020, DanceEast, Ipswich, UK.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with director Sue Buckmaster to reimagine XENOS into a child-friendly production. Interweaving the themes from the piece, Chotto Xenos probes the necessary questions to younger audiences and their families.

How does war begin? And how does it end? It depends on who is telling the story.

Inspired by our award winning final full-length solo XENOS, Chotto Xenos is a captivating dance production that takes young audiences back in time, exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of World War 1 colonial soldiers, in order to shine light on our present and future.

Reimagined by Sue Buckmaster, Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites and creator of the highly successful Chotto Desh, Chotto Xenos weaves together stunning choreography by Akram Khan, lighting design by Guy Hoare, costumes by Kimie Nakano, and tender and evocative visuals by Lucy Cash. Mounted on a set by Ingrid Hu, this family production incorporates Domenico Angarano’s stirring soundscape adapted from the original score, by Vincenzo Lamagna.

Chotto Xenos will be performed by either Guilhem Chatir or Kennedy Junior Muntanga and is for anyone over the age of 8.

"Our future peace processes rely on us inspiring a younger generation"

Sue Buckmaster

XENOS Artistic Direction and Original Choreography Akram Khan

Chotto Xenos Direction and Adaptation Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)

Scenographer Ingrid Hu
Lighting Design Guy Hoare
Music and Sound Design Domenico Angarano, adapted from the original score by Vincenzo Lamagna
Costume Design Kimie Nakano
Film & Projection Design Lucy Cash
Rehearsal Directors Mavin Khoo & Nicola Monaco

Dancers Guilhem Chatir or Kennedy Junior Muntanga
We gratefully acknowledge the artists and co-producers who contributed to the original production of XENOS by Akram Khan Company.

XENOS Original Creative Team
Dramaturg Ruth Little
Lighting Design Michael Hulls
Music Score and Sound Design Vincenzo Lamagna Set Design Mirella Weingarten

Writer Jordan Tannahill
Co-produced by DanceEast Ipswich, The Point Eastleigh, Stratford Circus Arts Centre Created with the support of Capital Group

Chotto Xenos and XENOS are both commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, and the Department for Digital,Culture, Media and Sport

Supported by Arts Council England

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