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Akram Khan final full-length solo production

Published: 10 November 2017

Akram Khan's new production, XENOS, will mark his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece. The production, commissioned by 14-18 NOW for the First World War centenary, is inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus as well as by events from the Great War.

Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, XENOS will première in 2018, sixteen years after the debut of Khan’s acclaimed first full-length production Kaash, from 29 May to 9 June, as part of its spring 2018 season and an international tour.

XENOS—meaning ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’—is based on a text by playwright Jordan Tannahill. Khan will examine the story of a shell-shocked Indian soldier trapped in a trench during the First World War through the lens of the myth of Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire and gave it to mankind.

The production will reunite many of the creative team from Khan’s DESH, including dramaturg Ruth Little, lighting designer Michael Hulls and costume designer Kimie Nakano. The set will be designed by Mirella Weingarten and the score will be composed by Vincenzo Lamagna who created the music for Until the Lions and Khan’s Giselle for English National Ballet.

Musicians on stage will be percussionist B C Manjunath, vocalist Aditya Prakash, bass player Nina Harries, violinist Andrew Maddick and saxophonist Tamar Osborn.

Vera Liber