iTMOi (in the mind of igor)

Full-length work with original score
World Premiere: 14 May 2013, MC2: Grenoble
London Premiere: 28 May 2013, Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Paris Premiere: 24 June 2013, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Last performance: 2 May 2015, The New Israeli Opera, Tel-Aviv

“In this work, I am interested in the dynamics of how Stravinsky transformed the classical world of music by evoking emotions through patterns, rather than through expression, and these patterns were rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death. this approach is a huge inspiration to me. But in a sense I hope to reinvestigate it, not just through patterns, as Stravinsky did, but also through exploring the human condition. a rupture in the mind, a death in the body, and a birth in the soul, all remind us that the mind and imagination are wild and self-generating. in addition, to be creating this work with three different composers, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, allows us to discover many different sound-worlds, using Stravinsky as the key, the guide, the map.”
– Akram Khan



Artistic Director/Choreographer Akram Khan
Composers Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost
Producer Farooq Chaudhry

Material devised and performed by
Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Ching-Ying Chien, Denis ‘Kooné’ Kuhnert, Yen-Ching Lin, TJ Lowe, Christine Joy Ritter, Catherine Schaub Abkarian, Nicola Monaco, Blenard Azizaj and Cheng-An Wu

(Previous dancers: Hannes Langolf, Sung Hoon Kim)

Costume Designer Kimie Nakano
Lighting Designer Fabiana Piccioli
Scenographer Matt Deely
Dramaturge Ruth Little
Researcher Joel Jenkins
Choreographic Assistants Andrej Petrovic and Jose Agudo
Set Development and Construction Firma Smits
Sound Designer Nicolas Faure

Singers (Jocelyn Pook’s score)
Melanie Pappenheim, Tanja Tzarovska, Manickam Yogeswaren, Voya Zivkovic, Jocelyn Pook

Associate Producer Bia Oliveira
Project Manager Céline Gaubert

Technical Team on Tour:
Technical Coordinator and Lighting Richard Fagan or Peter Swikker
Technical Coordinator and Sound Nicolas Faure
Sound Peter Swikker or Alex Castro
Costumes and Props Leila Ransley or Anne-Marie Bigby
Lighting Paolo Zanin
Technician Marek Pomocki

Rehearsal Director Mavin Khoo

Tour Manager Lies Doms

Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler’s Wells, London in a special international co-operation

Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells London, MC2: Grenoble, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Sponsored by COLAS

Supported by Arts Council England

Akram Khan Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes in the making of costumes

Produced during residency at MC2: Grenoble

Special thanks to Alistair Spalding, Michel Orier, Jean-Paul Angot, Hervé Le Bouc, Sylvaine Van den Esch, Géraldine Garin, Sophie Sadeler, Béatrice Abeille-Robin, Mr. & Mrs. Khan, Yuko Khan, Élodie Morard, Sung Hoon Kim, Hannes Langolf, Téo Fdida, Thomas Greenfield, Gillian Tan, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Hélène Azzaro, Pierre Escande, Karthika Naïr, PolarBear, Gretchen Schiller, Marie Jacomino, Olivia Ledoux and Louise Yribarren.

iTMOi features 30 seconds of The Rite of Spring music by Igor Stravinsky, played three times and used by permission of Boosey & Hawkes.

Duration: 65 minutes

iTMOi - Trailer

With an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, and an international cast of 11 dancers, iTMOi is another extraordinary artistic collaboration from Khan and his talented team, creating a world where beauty and ugliness are ruptured to reveal how closely they interrelate with each other.

iTMOi - Rehearsals at MC2: Grenoble, France

Get an insight into the creative process of Akram Khan's production iTMOi, through a selection of rehearsal images taken by Jean-Louis Fernandez between November 2012 and May 2013

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