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Akram Khan's Last Solo Dance - XENOS will be held at Shanghai International Dance Center - Grand Theater from Nov.16 to Nov.18, 2018.

Venue : Grand Theater @ Shanghai International Dance Center
Choreographer/Performer:Akram Khan
Performance Group:Akram Khan Company,UK
Duration:65 minutes, no interval (The warm-up performance will start 20 min before the show. The entry of late comers might be restricted)

World Famous Contemporary Dance Artist Akram Khan's Latest Production
Last Full-length Solo Show as a Dancer
Exclusive Performance to Shanghai as the Asia Debut
Deep Thoughts on Hometown, War and Humanity

“This is not war. It is the ending of the world. “
——Letter home from a wounded Indian sepoy
“How can we as humans, have such ability to create extraordinary and beautiful things from our imagination, and equally, our immense ability to create and commit violence and horrors beyond our imagination.”—— Akram Khan

What is it to be human when man is as a god on earth?

The text for XENOS, by acclaimed Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill, gives voice to the shell-shocked dream of a colonial Indian soldier in no-man's land. Many of the sepoys who died in conflict were buried abroad, while for those who returned home, often mutilated and traumatised, another form of erasure followed, as their stories were interred in archives following the rise of Indian nationalism and the rejection of colonial rule. Separated from their own histories, homelands, and countrymen, they became xenoi. 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.

XENOS reveals the beauty and horror of the human condition in its portrait of an Indian dancer whose skilled body becomes an instrument of war. 'X' is no man and everyman, the unknown and the eternal soldier, alone in a foreign land, a stranger to himself and to an enemy he does not know. Akram Khan's movement language shifts between classical kathak and contemporary dance on Mirella Weingarten's precipitous and symbolic set. His sepoy is a warrior-child, victim-perpetrator, maker and destroyer of myth, defying categories of duty, loyalty and gender.

Modern Dance Master —— Akram Khan
Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over 18 years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.

He is also an instinctive and natural collaborator, as a choreographer, Khan has developed a close collaboration with English National Ballet and its Artistic Director Tamara Rojo. He created the short piece Dust, part of the Lest We Forget programme, which led to an invitation to create his own critically acclaimed version of the iconic romantic ballet Giselle.
Khan has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the Fred and Adele Astaire Award, the Herald Archangel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and six Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.

Khan's work is recognised as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist "who speaks tremendously of tremendous things".

Comments by Media
"A work of defining greatness, and a fitting farewell to a stage career that has illuminated British dance."
The Guardian ★★★★★

"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."
The Stage ★★★★★

"[Khan's] performance is as astounding as it is powerful."
The Times ★★★★

'A visually arresting experience on a scale so grand that, at times, you don't believe your eyes. And, at its heart, a sobering exploration of the human experience of war and its ripple-like effects on humanity.'
Limelight, Australia

'This is not just another work but life itself: it is a search for identity, a process that threatens to uproot every individual from his world and his fundamental ties.'
LIFO, Greece

Artistic team & credits
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer Akram Khan
Dramaturg Ruth Little
Lighting Designer Michael Hulls
Original Music Score and Sound Design Vincenzo Lamagna
Set Designer Mirella Weingarten
Costume Designer Kimie Nakano
Writer Jordan Tannahill
Rehearsal Directors Mavin Khoo and Nicola Monaco
Dancer Akram Khan
Musicians Nina Harries (double bass & vocals), Andrew Maddick (violin), B C Manjunath (percussions & konnakol), Tamar Osborn (baritone saxophone), Aditya Prakash (vocals)

Shanghai International Dance Center
Shanghai Orient Culture Business Co.,Ltd

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Co-produced by Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, The Grange Festival Hampshire, Sadler's Wells London, New Vision Arts Festival Hong Kong, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Les Théâtres 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, Tanz Köln, Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide Festival, Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Julidans Amsterdam, Canadian Stage Toronto, Romaeuropa Festival, Torinodanza festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts New York, University of California Berkeley, Danse Danse Montreal, Curve Leicester.

Sponsored by COLAS
Supported by Arts Council England

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