With the support of Darbar Festival, Akram Khan Company present: We are but Shadows. An evening comprised of two Indian classical works, both performed originally as part of Akram Khan and Mavin Khoo’s dance curation for the festival.
Jwala is a three-part production exploring the Sanskrit phrase ‘Jwala Vyapnoti Akasham’, meaning the Rising Light fills space, envisioning ‘Jwala’ as the flickering flame, a powerful symbol of life and spirit. Jwala explores the enigmatic quality of the flame: that which burns is that which simultaneously illuminates. Created after the passing of her father and the birth of her daughter, Jwala finds connection between death and life, between saying goodbye and looking ahead, between release and hope, between shedding and seeking.
Through dynamic choreography by Mythili Prakash, accompanied by an evocative musical score, Jwala seeks to summon the multiple resonances of the Rising Flame from the cosmic, to the temporal, and the spiritual.
In the second work of the evening, I am Ravana, an all-male Bharatanatyam ensemble from the Temple of Fine Arts Inner Space Dance perform choreography by Mavin Khoo, accompanied by female musicians and vocalist Chitra Poornima. Drawing from the musical tradition of Bhajan hymns, alluding to the spirit of Lord Rama, this new work explores three scenes from the Sanskrit epic Ramayana; the abduction of Sita, the building of the bridge by Rama’s army of monkeys and the killing of the demon God Ravana.
Now taking bookings for performances up until Tue 13th October 2020.
Show times for each day are below.
Bus routes: Rosebery Avenue 19, 38, 341. Upper Street 4, 43, 56, 153. Pentonville Road 30, 205, 214, 394, 476
Night buses: Rosebery Avenue N19, N38, N41, 341. Upper Street 43. Pentonville Road 205, 214, N73
Nearest rail: King's Cross St Pancras
Tube lines: Northern
Nearest tube: Angel
Directions from Angel :
(5mins) Take Upper St towards the City Road crossroads. Continue straight and turn right into Rosebery Avenue, where the theatre is 100m down on the right.
Car park: Bowling Green Lane (8mins)
In congestion zone?: Yes
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Akram Khan Company - We are but Shadows
Sadler's Wells, London
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