XENOS - 14-18 NOW

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AKRAM KHAN

XENOS

29 May - 9 June 2018

SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON PREMIERE

Image credit: XENOS by Akram Khan

XENOS

Image credit: XENOS by Akram Khan

Internationally renowned dance-maker Akram Khan presents XENOS which will mark his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece. With an artistic vision that both respects and challenges Indian kathak form and contemporary dance, this new work is inspired by Greek mythology, with a particular focus on the myth of Prometheus, and by specific events from the First World War.

XENOS, meaning ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’, seeks to express tales of loss, hope and redemption. Working from a text by acclaimed playwright Jordan Tannahill, Khan will draw on the story of a shell-shocked Indian soldier trapped in a trench during the First World War, through the lens of the myth of Prometheus – the Titan who stole fire and gave it to mankind.

Reuniting with many of the stellar creative team from Khan’s celebrated 2011 solo work DESH, Khan will also be joined onstage by five live musicians. XENOS will premiere in London at Sadler’s Wells before moving to the Curve in Leicester, then touring internationally.

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW. Sponsored by COLAS.
Akram Khan is Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, London and Curve Leicester.

 
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