In a brand new work commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Xenos sees Khan revisit the myth of Prometheus, a Titan who stole fire and gave it to mankind. Using the myth in the context of World War One, he conjures the experience of a shell-shocked Indian colonial soldier.
Was Prometheus’ gift a blessing or the curse of mankind? Exploring the most violent century in human history, Xenos takes place in a world of disarray, where humanity is crumbling. There’s beauty and horror in the human condition, and this dance borders between East and West, past and present and mythology and technology.
Akram Khan is one of the UK’s most prolific dancers, launching his own dance company in 2000. His productions have garnered rave reviews, with Giselle and Zero Degrees receiving Olivier Award nominations and Torobaka winning the Butaca Award for Best Dance Performance.
Choreographed and performed by Khan, Xenos brings together dramaturg Ruth Little and Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill. The production features design by Mirella Weingarten, lighting design by Michael Hulls, costume design by Kimie Nakano and original compositions by Vincenzo Lamagna, as well as five musicians: B C Manjunath, Aditya Prakash, Nina Harries, Andrew Maddick and Tamar Osborn.
Xenos sees Khan take to the stage alongside world-class musicians, to create a haunting dance piece that is startlingly relevant today. Playing a limited season at London’s Sadler’s Wells, the work runs from 29 May to 9 June 2018.