Chotto Xenos with Akram Khan Company

Tuesday 01. March 202201. Mar 2022 18:30 Buy


How does war begin? And how does it end? It depends on who is telling the story.

Inspired by Akram Khan’s award winning final full-length solo XENOS, Chotto Xenos is a captivating dance production that takes young audiences back in time, exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of World War 1 colonial soldiers, to shine light on our present and future.
Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated dance artists today, building his reputation on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and profoundly moving productions such as Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.

As an instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from cultures and disciplines such as the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographers/dancers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Israel Galván, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. A highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim.
“In Kennedy Junior Muntanga’s solo performance the soul-destroying, wasteful nature of wars are conveyed with an intensity of emotional intelligence and a nuanced physicality that morphs from humorous games-play to fraught, fragmented terror under fire in the trenches.”
XENOS Artistic Direction and Original Choreography: Akram Khan
Chotto Xenos Direction and Adaptation: Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)
Set Design: Ingrid Hu
Lighting Design: Guy Hoare
Original Music: Domenico Angarano, inspired by Vincenzo Lamagna’s score for XENOS Sound Design: Domenico Angarano & Phil Wood
Costume: Design Kimie Nakano
Film & Projection: Design Lucy Cash
Assistant Choreographer: Nicola Monaco
Rehearsal Directors: Nicolas Ricchini & Amy Butler
Dancer: Guilhem Chatir or Kennedy Junior Muntanga
Producer: Clare Cody-Richardson
Technical Manager: Tina Fagan
Production: Manager Richard Fagan
Sound Engineer: Matthew Armstrong
Lighting Technician: Lars Davidson
Stage Manager: Marek Pomocki
Project & Tour Manager: Mashitah Omar & Mai Tassinari
Digital animation & motion graphics: Laurie Hill
Props made by Louise Edge from LFX props & special fx
Puppets made by Naomi Oppenheim

Music recorded with Stefano Ancora, Domenico Angarano, James Browne, Nina Harries, Joost Hendrickx, Matt Holborn, Arran Kent, Stefan Knapik, Vincenzo Lamagna, Andrew Maddick, B.C. Manjunath, Tamar Osborn, Aditya Prakash, Clarice Rarity, Ciro Riccardi

Co-produced by DanceEast Ipswich, The Point Eastleigh, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris

Created with the support of Capital Group and Arts Council England

Chotto Xenos and XENOS are both commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Special thanks to Nigel Hinds, Jenny Waldman, Sarah Goodfellow, Liz Robertson, Tania Wilmer, Ashlie Nelson, Sacha Lee, Elizabeth Wolton, Susannah Burke, Brendan Keaney, Helen Dawson, Ole Birkeland, Ruth Little, Emma Bellerby, students and teachers at Canon Barnett Primary School and Elmhurst Primary School, Di’mond Sharma- Joseph, Nathan White
1 hour; without intermission
Stavanger Concert Hall in collaboration with Dansenett Norge

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