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Chotto Desh

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2016

Choreographer(s) : Khan, Akram (United Kingdom)

Video producer : Maison de la Danse

Chotto Desh

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2016

Choreographer(s) : Khan, Akram (United Kingdom)

Video producer : Maison de la Danse

Chotto Desh

in 2011, Desh met with immediate success around the world. Building on that, he created a version for children aged 7+ and their families, with the help of the theatre director Sue Buckmaster. Chotto Desh is a danced story which follows an adult delving back into his childhood memories. It explores the experiences of a child raised in the two radically different societies of Bangladesh and Britain. Beyond the coming-of-age story, it is an immersive show mixing different registers of dance, words, mime and video. It deftly plays with computer-generated images as the dancer climbs to the treetops, plays with an elephant and butterflies, or sets sail on a magical ship. Akram Khan has an unmatched talent for creating before our very eyes a world full of marvels, tempting us to follow him on a fantastical journey.

Source: Biennale de la Danse

Credits

Artistic Direction and Original Choreography Akram Khan
Direction and Adaptation Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)

Music Composition Jocelyn Pook
Lighting Design Guy Hoare
Stories imagined by Karthika Naïr and Akram Khan
The grandmother’s fable in Chotto Desh is taken from the book The Honey Hunter
Written by Karthika Naïr, Sue Buckmaster and Akram Khan
Assistant Choreographer Jose Agudo
Grandmother’s voice Leesa Gazi
Jui’s voice Sreya Andrisha Gazi

Dancers Dennis Alamanos or Nicolas Ricchini

Producer Claire Cunningham on behalf of AKCT

Original Visual Design Tim Yip
Original Visual Animation created by Yeast Culture
Original Costume Supervisor Kimie Nakano

Sound Designer and AV Engineer Alex Stein
Music Engineer Steve Parr
Costume Reconstruction Advisor Martina Trottmann
Technical Producer Sander Loonen (Arp Theatre)
Technical Manager Ed Yetton
Rehearsal Director Amy Butler
Stage Manager Dean Sudron

Painted Head Sequence devised by Damien Jalet with Akram Khan
‘Bleeding Soles’ lyrics written by Leesa Gazi
Singers Melanie Pappenheim, Sohini Alam, Jocelyn Pook (voice/viola/piano), Tanja Tzarovska, Jeremy Schonfield

Video production Maison de la Danse
Video direction Fabien Plasson
2016

Khan, Akram

Akram   Khan   is   a   UK-born   dancer   of   Bangladeshi  descent.  After  training  with  Sri  Pratap  Pawar  in  kathak  (the  traditional  dance  of  northern  India),  he  was  handed 
his  first  role  aged  13  in  « Mahâbhârata », a  piece  by  Peter  Brook  that  made  a  big  impression.  From  the  1990s  onwards,  he  mixed contemporary dance with this traditional  art  in  « Polaroid  Feet »  (2001),  « Ronin » (2003) and « Third Catalogu »e (2005). During the  same  period  he  studied  at  P.A.R.T.S.,  the Brussels school run by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Akram  Khan  quickly  became  a  prominent  figure on the global choreography scene, notably  when  he  wrote  the  duet  « zero degrees »  (2005)  with  Sidi  Larbi  Cherkaoui.  He   also   danced   with   Sylvie   Guillem   in   « Sacred  Monsters »  and  Juliette  Binoche  in  the  duet  « IN-I »;  and  wrote  « Bahok » (2008)  for  the National Ballet of China.
Taking a break from the stage, and erasing frontiers  between  dance  genres,  Akram  Khan  created  most  of  the  choreography  for  Kylie  Minogue’s  2006  tour.  In  2009  he  conceived  the  kathak  solo  « Gnosis » for Svapnagata, a festival of Indian dance and music  of  which  he  is  artistic  director.
In  2012  he  created  the  choreography  section  of  the  London  Olympics’ opening ceremony.
A  great  performer,  he  directed  himself  in  the  autobiographical  solo « Desh »  (2011),  meaning  “earth”,  in  which  he  goes  back  to his roots. « Desh »  met  with  immediate 
success around the world. Building on that, he  created  a  version  for  children  aged 7+  and  their  families, « Chotto Desh »,  with  the  help  of  the  theatre  director  Sue  Buckmaster. 
« Torokaka » (2014), created with Israel  Galván,  was  the  meeting  of  two  dancers  at  the  acme  of  their  art,  a  joust  between Indian and Spanish cultures. In 2016 Khan staged « Until the Lions », inspired by a  passage  in  Karthika  Naïr’s  book  which  revisits key episodes of sacred Indian epic Mahâbhârata.

Source : 17th Biennale de la danse 2016 press kit

More information

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