choreography & music: Aakash Odedra
In The Shadow Of Man
choreogaphy: Akram Khan
lighing: Michael Hulls
music: Jocelyn Pook
choreogaphy: Russell Maliphant
lighting: Michael Hulls
music: Andy Cowton
choreogaphy: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
lighting: Willy Cessa
music: Olga Wojcieowska
technical director: Simon Broadbridge
producer: Anand Bhatt
rehearsal director: Lewis Major
About the show:
Aakash Odedra performs four solos created by choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Akram Khan and himself.
Nritta, meaning pure dance, is a classical Kathak variation focusing on virtuosity and timing and it corresponds to pure dance steps performed rhythmically. Here the movements of the body do not convey any mood or meaning and its purpose is just creating beauty by making various patterns, lines in space and time.
In In The Shadow Of Man, Akram Khan explores the ‘animal’ we have within ourselves, specially because he has always felt a strong connection to the ‘animal’ embedded within the Indian dance tradition. Kathak masters have so often used animals as forms of inspiration, even to the point of creating a whole repertoire based on the qualities, movements, and rhythms of certain animals.
In Cut, Russell Maliphant wanted to create a piece using elements and dynamics from Kathak and Bharat Natyam. He wanted to shape that into a world where the lighting cuts and highlights that movement and creates a contained world that expresses its own logic of flow and form.
The last work, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Constellation, is the most mystical of the three and there is less of Odedra’s own movement vocabulary and more of Cherkaoui’s conceptual framework: a constellation made up of patterns of sound and light with Odedra as the locus, an ‘astral body generating its own rhythms and luminosity.’
From the media:
...It’s the dance equivalent of a red-carpet event to get Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as choreographers on the same programme. - Judith Mackrell, Guardian
About the choreographer:
Aakash Odedra is widely known as an accomplished Kathak dancer and a rising young star of British dance. He has trained with acclaimed dancers Chitraleka Bolar and Nilima Devi in the UK and Asha Joglekar and Chhaya Kanvateh in India.