SBC Associate Artist Akram Khan's second full-length production
and his most ambitious to date, he and his extraordinary dancers
share the stage with a cellist, a percussionist and a vocalist with
a classical Sufi style of singing in a complex piece about motherhood
and the fragile connections between people and their land.
takes novelist Arundhati Roys essays on farmers forcibly ejected
from their lands in India, as one of its inspirations. In a piece
of richly theatrical dance, exhilarating sequences of speed and
stillness combine text penned by acclaimed writer Hanif Kureishi,
music composed by composer Riccardo Nova and sculptured lighting
by Mikki Kunttu.
Khan has become one of the most prodigious young choreographers
on the global stage today. For 'ma', he has assembled a group of
collaborators from Britain, Finland, Italy, Malaysia, Pakistan,
Slovakia, South Africa and Spain to continue his celebrated exploration
into the Indian and Western dance and music aesthetics that shape
his choreographic style. Performing alongside the dancers as an
integral part of the show are a Pakistani vocalist with a classical
Sufi style of singing, a UK cellist and a South Indian percussionist.
rich symbolism of the Indian musical language and its intimate relationship
to the dance is enhanced by the use of the mridangam, a South Indian
drum, here replacing the tabla, which traditionally accompanies
kathak - the ancient North Indian style that underpins all of Khans
work. 'ma' also features recorded music by the Brussels-based Ictus
Ensemble, known for its collaborations with renowned Belgian dance
performers are Eulalia Ayguade Farro, Akram Khan, Anton Lachky,
Faheem Mazhar, BC Manjunath, Moya Michael, Inn Pang Ooi, Nikoleta
Rafaelisova, Natalie Rozario and Shanell Winlock.
past QEH performances have been sell-outs so book early to avoid
disappointment. There will be a 'Meet the Artist' discussion immediately
following the performance on 1st December 2004