※65 minutes without intermission.
※Performed in English with Chinese surtitles.
※The show contains mist, loud sound effect, and strong light. Enter at your discretion.
※Please arrive early for the performance. Latecomers may not be admitted.
※Suggested for ages 7+
Akram Khan Company
Akram Khan’s XENOS, namely “stranger” or “foreigner”, asks a question which first arose 100 years ago during the global cataclysm of the First World War, and has continued to haunt our civilisation ever since: what is it to be human when man is as a god on earth?
Akram Khan’s much anticipated new opus, XENOS, marks his last performances as a dancer in a full-length solo piece, drawing on the archival traces left by some of more than a million Indian soldiers who fought for the British Empire and experienced the slaughter on an industrial scale on its many fronts. XENOS is a lament for the body in war, and a memento mori for our own times of violent estrangement from one another and our world.
A work of incredible potency. －The Stage
A triumph of energy, empathy and intelligence. －The Telegraph
Akram Khan, Director, Choreographer and Dancer
Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. As an instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographer/Flamingo dancer Israel Galván, and singer Kylie Minogue. He created a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Khan is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, in London and in Curve, Leicester. He has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, and an MBE for services to dance in 2005.
Director, Choreographer, Dancer / Akram Khan
Set Design / Mirella Weingarten
Lighting Design / Michael Hulls
Costume Design / Kimie Nakano
Original Music Score & Sound Design / Vincenzo Lamagna
Dramaturg / Ruth Little
Writer / Jordan Tannahill
Rehearsal Director / Mavin Khoo, Nicola Monaco
Musicians / Nina Harries (double bass & vocals), Clarice Rarity (violin), B C Manjunath (percussions & konnakol), Tamar Osborn (baritone saxophone), Aditya Prakash (vocals)
Co-organized by C.F. Koo Foundation