Outwitting the Devil

World Premiere: 13 July 2019, COLOURS International Dance Festival, Stuttgart
Final performance: 27 October 2022, Stadttheater Ingolstadt

“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

Stirring classical and contemporary, in Outwitting the Devil, Akram explores our oldest rituals in the midst of our ever-changing planet. He brings together a superb ensemble of six international artists sharing great differences in their practice: Mythili Prakash or Pallavi Anand, Luke Jessop, Jasper Narvaez, James Vu Anh Pham or Louis T. Partridge, Elpida Skourou and François Testory.

Inspired by the newly discovered fragment of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s earliest surviving great works of literature, Akram’s work is a concentrated epic about ritual and remembering. In a landscape of broken tablets and fallen idols, its six characters trade their remaining wealth and stories, seeking to make whole the fragments of ancient knowledge lost and forgotten over time.

To weave the narrative and design of this piece, Akram had invited his close collaborators: dramaturg Ruth Little, composer Vincenzo Lamagna, rehearsal director Mavin Khoo, costume designer Kimie Nakano, and writer Jordan Tannahill – joined by lighting designer Aideen Malone and visual designer Tom Scutt. Outwitting the Devil invites us all to the table where life, death and our half-remembered myths are the bread we break together.

At this year’s National Dance Awards, Company dancer James Vu Anh Pham won the Outstanding Male Modern Performance for his performances of the work.

Outwitting the Devil

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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
Creative Associate and Coach Mavin Khoo
Rehearsal Directors Mavin Khoo, Azusa Seyama or Angela Towler

Performed by Mythili Prakash or Pallavi Anand, Luke Jessop, Jasper Narvaez, James Vu Anh Pham or Louis T. Partridge, Elpida Skourou and François Testory

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Outwitting the Devil | Teaser

"Khan’s choreography speaks a language that transcends cultures, histories and prior knowledge of dance styles and classical literature. "

- Rosemary Waugh

Press

Outwitting the Devil | i | ★★★★ review

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