Outwitting the Devil

World Première: 13-14 July 2019, Stuttgart


“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


We are thrilled to be touring our latest Company production Outwitting the Devil. Stirring classical and contemporary, Akram Khan 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 new 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 new piece, Akram has 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.

"Ever since I entered the classical Indian dance world, I have been searching for a way out.... or perhaps more truly, I was searching for a new way in."



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

Executive Producer Farooq Chaudhry
Technical Manager Tina Fagan
Production Manager Rich Fagan
Stage Manager Russell Parker
Lighting Engineer David Salter
Sound Engineer Peter Thomas
Project/Tour Manager Mashitah Omar
Tour Manager Assistant Svitlana Bil
LED Light Tube manufactured and supplied by Light Contrast Ltd

Original material devised by Ching-Ying Chien, Andrew Pan, Dominique Petit, James Vu Anh Pham, Mythili Prakash, Sam Asa Pratt

Co-produced by Théâtre de Namur – Centre Scénique, CENTRAL – Centre Culturel de La Louvière, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Sadler’s Wells London, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – scène nationale, COLOURS International Dance Festival 2019 – Stuttgart, Attiki Cultural Society – Athens, Greece

Supported by Arts Council England

Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells and Mountview in London and Curve Leicester.

Special thanks to Alistair Spalding, Vincent Thirion and Melanie Dumoulin, Patrick Colpé, Meinrad Huber and Eric Gauthier, Olivier Py and Agnès Troly, and the teams at Sadler’s Wells, CENTRAL – La Louvière, Théâtre de Namur, COLOURS Festival and Festival d’Avignon, Tamas Detrich and the team at Stuttgart Ballet, Mr. & Mrs. Khan, Yuko Khan, Aharya Dresses for Mythili Prakash’s costume and all the collaborators and technicians who have worked on the project.

Outwitting the Devil | Production Trailer II

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Outwitting the Devil | Production Trailer I

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Trailer I

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In the press

"Another ancient legend for modern times from master storyteller Akram Khan" - Limelight by Rhys Ryan

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