Akram Khan Company: Outwitting the Devil

(London/Great Britain)

World premiere & COLOURS co-production

Akram Khan Company, based in London, will soon celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Born in England with Bengali heritage, Akram Khan has long been regarded as one the world’s leading choreographers and a visionary in contemporary dance. Trained in the classical Indian dance form of Kathak, he continually explores new styles and forms and seeks to exchange with other artists fearlessly, crossing boundaries, both conceptually and spiritually. Khan creates a highly sophisticated form of performance that reinterprets the myths of different peoples and depicts the search for community, connecting each individual. One of the inspirations for the world premiere with which he aims to ‘outwit the devil’ at COLOURS, is the newly discovered fragment of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s earliest surviving great works of literature. Akram’s new work is a concentrated epic about ritual and remembering. In a landscape of broken tablets and fallen idols, six characters trade their remaining wealth and stories, seeking to make whole the fragments of ancient knowledge lost and forgotten over time.

„Preternaturally gifted, entirely distinct, Khan ranks among those once-in-a-generation performers who can redefine our idea of what dancing is or might possibly be.” – The Guardian, London

“His dance speaks to the gods.“ – Welt am Sonntag

Choreography: Akram Khan | Premiere: July 13, 2019, Stuttgart | Duration: approx. 70 minutes no Intermission


On July 14th talk with Akram Khan after the show. Presenter: Nicola Müllerschön.


Dates & Prices

Cat. 1: 53.– € / dis.: 43.– € / under-18: 43.– €
Cat. 2: 46.– € / dis.: 37.– € / under-18: 37.– €
Cat. 3: 38.– € / dis.: 31.– € / under-18: 15.– €
Cat. 4: 30.– € / dis.: 24.– € / under-18: 15.– €
Cat. 5: 19.– € / dis.: 15.– € / under-18: 15.– €

The shows at COLOURS festival are supported by British Council.


Dauer// Duration: ca. 70 Minuten ohne Pause // approx. 70 minutes with no intermission

Choreographie // Artistic Director, Choreographer: Akram Khan
Dramaturgie // Dramaturg: Ruth Little
Lichtdesign // Lighting Designer: Aideen Malone
Visuelles Design // Visual Designer: Tom Scutt
Originalmusik & Sounddesign // Original Music Score & Sound Design: Vincenzo Lamagna
Kostümdesign // Costume Designer: Kimie Nakano
Text // Writer: Jordan Tannahill
Probenleitung // Rehearsal Director: Mavin Khoo
Tänzer*innen // Dancers: Ching-Ying Chien, Andrew Pan, Dominique Petit, Mythili Prakash, Sam Pratt, James Vu Anh Pham
Produktion // Producer: Farooq Chaudhry
Technische Leitung // Technical Manager: Tina Fagan
Produktionsleitung // Production Manager: Florian Stagliano
Projekt- & Tourneeorganisation // Project & Tour Manager: Mashitah Omar

Photos: Jean-Louis Fernandez

Co-produced by Théâtre de Namur – Centre Scénique, CENTRAL – Centre Culturel de La Louvière, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Sadler’s Wells London, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – scène nationale, COLOURS International Dance Festival 2019 – Stuttgart
Supported by Arts Council England
Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells London and Curve Leicester.


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