XENOS

World Premiere: 21 February 2018, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens

Whose war?
Whose fire?
Whose hand is this?
Xenos by Jordan Tannahill

Akram’s most anticipated solo, XENOS, marks his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece.

In this work commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Akram draws on the archives of the 20th century, and gives voice to the shell-shocked dream of a colonial soldier in the First World War. XENOS reveals the beauty and horror of the human condition in its portrait of an Indian dancer whose skilled body becomes an instrument of war.

Akram’s movement language shifts between classical kathak and contemporary dance. XENOS takes place on the border between East and West, past and present, mythology and technology, where humanity still stands in wonder and disarray.

Akram has brought together a stellar creative team. Along with dramaturg Ruth Little and acclaimed Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill, he teams up with German designer Mirella Weingarten, award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, costume designer Kimie Nakano, and composer Vincenzo Lamagna.

Akram is joined onstage by five international musicians: percussionist B C Manjunath, vocalist Aditya Prakash, bass player Nina Harries, violinist Fra Rustumji, and saxophonist Tamar Osborn.

XENOS | Trailer

By Maxime Dos

Akram draws on the archives of the 20th century, and gives voice to the shell-shocked dream of a colonial soldier in the First World War.

Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer Akram Khan

Dramaturg Ruth Little
Lighting Designer Michael Hulls
Original Music Score and Sound Design Vincenzo Lamagna
Set Designer Mirella Weingarten
Costume Designer Kimie Nakano
Writer Jordan Tannahill
Rehearsal Directors Mavin Khoo and Nicola Monaco

Dancer Akram Khan
Musicians Nina Harries (double bass & vocals), B C Manjunath (percussions & konnakol), Tamar Osborn (baritone saxophone), Aditya Prakash (vocals), Fra Rustumji (violin)

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"Directing this short film, was like writing a song, except the words had a will of their own, just as the movements had its own …

Press

XENOS | The Daily Telegraph | ★★★★★ review

"A triumph of collaboration, the entire piece radiates this sort of magic-realist, borderline surreal logic – reminiscent, in fact, of Khan’s earlier one-man masterpiece DESH (2011), …

"As Vincenzo Lamagna’s fine score builds in volume and intensity, Khan gives us the failing body, the breaking body, the body as repository of physical and psychic pain."

- Luke Jennings

Press

XENOS | The Observer | ★★★★★ review

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