28 Aug '19 to 29 Aug '19

Outwitting the devil

Akram Khan Dance Company / Akram Khan

Everywhere humanity goes, they leave an indelible mark on their surroundings that lasts for centuries. Master choreographer Akram Khan and six dancers go in search of fragments of wisdom from ancient times.

Everywhere humanity goes, they leave an indelible mark on their surroundings that lasts for centuries. Master choreographer Akram Khan and six dancers go in search of fragments of wisdom from ancient times.

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The shards of ancient myths.

Akram Khan is one of today's most important choreographers. With his work, he bridges the gap between traditional Indian kathak and Western contemporary dance by collaborating with artists from all over the world, from choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to actress Juliette Binoche and superstar Kylie Minogue. The result is 'of unimaginable beauty', according to de Volkskrant. With his latest work, Outwitting the Devil, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, he redefines one of the oldest human rituals: coming together to share food.

In de pers

'A truly magnificent work of art' - Dance Europe

'The performers, aged from 25 to 68, all exceptional, from different cultures and techniques - bharata natyam, contemporary, classical and traditional, hip-hop ... – develop a sophisticated choreography to the end of their toes. Graceful and sharp, between heaven and earth with its pliés at ground level and the eyes upwards, very animal too, the gesture captures, catches, bites, hugs, strangles. The swirling round dances raise a storm, about sacrifice and revenge. […] With Outwitting the Devil, Akram Khan asserts an aesthetic and political turn.' - Le Monde

'Outwitting the Devil is a work that seems essential today, to feel the urgency to act and avoid - or probably anticipate - some form of collapse of our thermo-industrial civilisation.' - Maze.fr

'In this piece, cooperating with six exceptional international artists representing many different countries and cultures, Akram Khan explores new forms and styles with inexorable and unconditional ferocity.' - Dance Europe

'One comes out of Outwitting the Devil more aware than ever of the ephemeral nature of existence.' - La Provence

Credits

choreography Akram Khan
dancers Ching-Ying Chien, Andrew Pan, Dominique Petit, James Pham, Mythili Prakash, Sam Pratt
dramaturgy Ruth Little
lighting Aideen Malone
visual design Tom Scutt
sound Design Vincenzo Lamagna
costume design Kimie Nakano

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