Jungle Book reimagined

World Première: 2-9 April 2022, Curve Leicester, UK

 

“We are now living in unprecedented and uncertain times, not only for our species but for all species on this planet. And the root cause of this conundrum is because we have forgotten our connection to our home, our planet. We all inhabit it, we all take from it, and we all build on it, but we have forgotten to return our respect for it.” – Akram Khan

 

We are thrilled to announce Akram Khan’s Jungle Book reimagined, a brand-new work based on the original story by Rudyard Kipling with an original score. With a new sense of urgency, Akram will reinterpret this lovingly known story from another perspective, through the lens of today’s children – those who will inherit our world and become our future storytellers.

Embedded in the roots of Jungle Book is the deep threat that mankind poses towards nature. Akram and his team reimagine the journey of Mowgli through the eyes of a refugee caught in a world devastated by the impact of climate change. They will tell the story of how this child will help us to listen again, not to our voices but to the voices of the natural world that we, the modern world, try to silence. Jungle Book reimagined will speak to all generations as a step to remind, to relearn, to reimagine a new world together

A stellar creative team will be working on this reimagining of Jungle Book, performed by an ensemble of ten dancers, with a text by Tariq Jordan, dramaturgy by Sharon Clark, to an original score by Jocelyn Pook and a music contribution by Anoushka Shankhar. Bringing together lighting by Michael Hulls, visual stage design by Tom Scutt, animation by Naaman Azhari, projection by Yeast Culture, and the insight of film director Andy Serkis, the visual technology will turn the stage into a magical world that dives into the myths of today.

"I want to dive into the myths of today, and children stories of tomorrow."

Akram Khan

Credits

Artistic Director/Choreographer Akram Khan

Creative Associate/Coach Mavin Khoo
Writer Tariq Jordan
Composer Jocelyn Pook
Sound Designer Gareth Fry
Songwriter Anoushka Shankhar
Lighting Designer Michael Hulls
Lead Animator Naaman Azhari
Direction of Animation and Media Nick Hillel (YeastCulture)
Visual Stage Designer/Consultant Tom Scutt
Dramaturge to the writer Sharon Clark
Advisors/Consultants Andy Serkis & John Cassey
Rehearsal director Nicky Henshall
Executive Producer Farooq Chaudhry

With 10 performers

Co-produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, Curve Leicester, Edinburgh International Festival, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Maison de la Danse – Lyon, New Vision Arts Festival – Hong Kong, Orsolina28, Pfalzbau Bühnen – Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen, Romaeuropa Festival, Sadler’s Wells London, Stanford Live / Stanford University, Teatros del Canal – Madrid, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris

With the support of Garfield Weston Foundation and Genesis Foundation

Supported by Arts Council England

In the press

The Guardian: 'We are guests on Earth': Akram Khan to stage The Jungle Book as climate crisis tale (19 March 2021)

“We think we own the Earth, but Earth was here way before us and it’s going to be here way after us. The question is, do we want to fight it, and allow it to, let’s say, cut the cancer out – which is us. Or will we somehow start to surrender to it and find a new way of living which is more conscious of the voice of the Earth?”

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