Akram Khan prepares for his new production iTMOi
There’s contemporary dance. And then there’s Akram Khan. One of the most famous Bangladeshis in the world, he doesn’t need an introduction.
Though to recap, in case you’ve forgotten, he’s a dancer and choreographer extraordinaire most recently noted for his performance at last year’s London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Akram’s previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche and visual artist Anish Kapoor while on his credentials list you’ll find a Laurence Olivier Award, several honorary degrees and an MBE.
Over the last couple of years he’s worked closely with Sadler’s Wells in North London, creating three unique pieces of work, the second of which DESH, a solo work was a major success, selling out globally and will shortly be showing for the third time. Before that however The Akram Khan Company are working on the third installment, set to be one of the summer’s most anticipated dance events.
iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is inspired by Igor Stravinsky and commemorates the centenary of his seminal work, The Rite of Spring, hosted at Sadler’s Wells exactly 100 years after the original work’s premiere in Paris.
The new work explores the human condition and the way in which Stravinsky transformed the classical music world by evoking emotions through pattern, rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death.
With an entirely original score by composers Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, iTMOi presents another extraordinary artistic collaboration from Khan and a cast of 11 international dancers. Be amongst the first in the word to witness the masterpiece – it’s guaranteed to be one of those shows culture vultures will be reminiscing over for years to come.
iTMOi will be on at Sadler’s Wells from 28th May – 1st June at Sadler’s Wells.
DESH returns to Sadler’s Wells 11-15 June
Tickets for both are on sale now.