UNTIL THE LIONS
WITH AKRAM KHAN, 2 DANCERS & 4 MUSICIANS
The relationship between the Grand Théâtre and Akram Khan has been one of the most consistent and successful over the past decade. Time and time again, Khan manages to dazzle audiences with his spectacular works that blend outstanding dance, enthralling visuals with very human storytelling. Until the Lions will surely be no exception as he addresses themes of gender and sexuality and the changes that time forces on the body. He turns his gaze on these questions through the prism of one of his best-loved epics from childhood: the Mahabharata. The title refers to the book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata by poet Karthika Naïr, an original reworking of the great epic but through the eyes of another compelling character, this time a woman: Amba, who questions the definitions of manhood and womanhood, and challenges Time. Amba, a princess abducted on her wedding day by Bheeshma, regent of the neighbouring kingdom, and offered as bride to his brother. Though she regains liberty, Amba's life is destroyed: she is rejected by her family, her betrothed - for having been won in battle by another man, later by her abductor, who refuses to redeem her honour; and all of society. Amba then invokes the gods to seek revenge?...
For Until the Lions, Akram Khan reunites with some of the artistic collaborators behind his acclaimed and award-winning solo DESH : writer Karthika Naïr, visual designer Tim Yip, lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturg Ruth Little.
» [...] by confining his material to metaphor and abstraction, and by making the work lean, thrilling and beautiful, Khan gives us theatre that satisfies our deep responsiveness to the mythic, while leaving no cloying aftertaste of sentimentality or kitsch. The Guardian, Luke Jennings
» It's a fitting end to a show that overall achieves something all-too-rare: it genuinely leaves you wanting more. The Telegraph, Mark Monahan
Director, Choreographer, Performer Akram Khan
Narrative Concept, Scenario, Text Karthika Naïr
Visual Design Tim Yip
Lighting Design Michael Hulls
Original Music Score composed by Beautiful Noise (Vincenzo Lamagna)
in collaboration with Sohini Alam, David Azurza, Yaron Engler, Akram Khan, Christine Joy Ritter
Dramaturg Ruth Little
Assistant Director Sasha Milavic Davies
Assistant Choreographer Jose Agudo
Voice-over Kathryn Hunter Dancers Akram Khan, Ching-Ying Chien, Christine Joy Ritter
Musicians Sohini Alam, David Azurza, Yaron Engler, Vincenzo Lamagna Producer Farooq Chaudhry
This production is a partial adaptation of "Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata", a retelling in verse of the "Mahabharata" by Karthika Naïr (HarperCollins India, 2015 & Arc Publications UK, 2016).
Production initiated by the 360° Network of round artistic venues across the world. Produced during residency at Sadler's Wells London and Curve Leicester.
Coproduced by Roundhouse/Sadler's Wells London, MC2: Grenoble, La Comète Châlons-en-Champagne, Théâtre de la Ville/La Villette Paris, Danse Danse/TOHU Montréal, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, New Vision Arts Festival Hong Kong, Taipei Performing Arts Center, Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Brighton Festival 2016, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Concertgebouw Brugge, Le Manège de Reims - Scène nationale, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Romaeuropa Festival, Curve Leicester
Sponsored by COLAS
Created with generous support from The Quercus Trust
Supported by Arts Council England
Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of Sadler's Wells London and Curve Leicester.
Special thanks to Marcus Davey, Alistair Spalding, Nikolai Foster and Curve team, Philippe Bachman, Hervé Le Bouc, Sophie Sadeler, Béatrice Abeille-Robin, Lady Angela Bernstein, Mr. & Mrs. Khan, Yuko Khan, Saju Hari, Mavin Khoo, Ushma William, Siddhartha Bose, Jayne Stevens, Louisa Robey, Bethany Storie, Pei-Shan Su, Verona Rhamanan, Natalie Roberts.
Akram Khan gratefully acknowledges Akram Khan Company staff team: Lindsey Dear, Jan Hart, Richard Fagan, Mashitah Omar, Céline Gaubert, Gabriel Szalontai, Florian Stagliano, Clare Cody-Richardson.
Vendredi 20 JANVIER 2017 à 20h00 (tickets)
Samedi 21 JANVIER 2017 à 20h00 (tickets)
DURÉE environ 1h00 (pas d'entracte)
Adultes 25 €, 20 €, 15 € / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu Lieu: Grand Théâtre / Grande Salle