In his highly-anticipated final solo performance work, world-renowned dance artist Akram Khan (DESH, TORO) unearths the experience of Indian colonial soldiers in the First World War. Over 4 million Indian men were mobilized for the conflict, but if they did return home their stories were never told. Separated from their own histories, homelands, and countrymen, they became xenoi (foreigners). With text from acclaimed Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill and movement that shifts between classical kathak and contemporary dance, XENOS reveals a story of loss, hope and human redemption.
★★★★★ "A work of defining greatness"
"Magnificent... a work of incredible potency, of emotional and cultural depth that sings and surges with the confidence of an artist at the peak of his powers"
- Location: Bluma Appel Theatre
DIRECTED, CHOREOGRAPHED + PERFORMED BYAkram Khan
TEXT BYJordan Tannahill
SET DESIGNERMirella Weingarten
LIGHTING DESIGNERMichael Hulls
COSTUME DESIGNERKimie Nakano
REHEARSAL DIRECTORMavin Khoo
B C Manjunath
PHOTOAkram Khan by Jean-Louis Fernandez
CO-PRODUCERS: ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE – ATHENS, THE GRANGE FESTIVAL HAMPSHIRE, SADLER’S WELLS LONDON, NEW VISION ARTS FESTIVAL HONG KONG, THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE PARIS, LES THÉ TRES DE LA VILLE DE LUXEMBOURG, NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE OTTAWA, THE 20TH CHINA SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (CSIAF), CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM, FESTSPIELHAUS ST. PÖLTEN, GREC 2018 FESTIVAL DE BARCELONA, HELLERAU – EUROPEAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS DRESDEN, EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE FESTIVAL, FESTIVAL MONTPELLIER DANSE 2018, JULIDANS AMSTERDAM, CANADIAN STAGE TORONTO, ROMAEUROPA FESTIVAL, CURVE LEICESTER, THE MUSIC CENTER LOS ANGELES, LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS NEW YORK, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY, DANSE DANSE MONTREAL.
Pre-show chats are free with a ticket to that evening's performance
Thursday, April 13, 20177:15pm (Bluma Appel Theatre)
Professor Barry Freeman, Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto, discusses Robert Lepage's Theatrical canon.
- The Guardian: "Xenos review – a work of defining greatness"
- The Stage: "Xenos review at Sadler’s Wells, London – 'a work of incredible potency'"
- The Telegraph: "Xenos review, a triumph of energy, empathy and intelligence"
- The Independent: "Akram Khan's last full-length solo show emphasises his stamina"