The similarity lies in the combination of intense classical
skill and a curiosity for other forms of performance, contemporary dance and
art for Khan, monologue and even comedy for Aakash Odedra.
The respected Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas choreographs Echoes for Odedra on a stage strewn
with the threads of bells that traditionally adorn the dancer’s feet. From the
ceiling and the floor the dancer gradually winds the bells into his movement,
gaining speed and complexity.
Lit in golden beams by Fabiana Piccioli, Echoes promises to show off Odedra’s
incredible talent in the rhythmic footwork, flying turns and delicate hands
that define this style.
It is in I Imagine
that Odedra plays to his other strengths. A mixture of dance, mime and spoken
word, he channels the verses of poet Sabrina Mahfouz to dwell on travel and
The suitcases stacked on the stage become alternately a
house, an armchair and the trappings of unknown countries as Mahfouz’s refrain
‘Home is where the hope is’ plays out.
Funny and eloquent as well as beautiful, this programme is
the next step in an intriguing canon of work from Odedra.
|What||Aakash Odedra: Echoes / I Imagine, Lilian Baylis Studio|
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
09 Mar 17 – 10 Mar 17, Post-show talk on Thursday 9th
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells|