Whose war? Whose fire? Whose hand is this? In his final solo performance piece, choreographer and dancer Akram Khan returns to the White Light Festival with his poignant new work, XENOS. Meaning “stranger” or “foreigner,” XENOS explores the shell-shocked dreams of an Indian colonial soldier during the First World War. Combining classical Indian kathak and contemporary dance, Khan grapples with personal mythology, otherness, and the lucid reality of a world set aflame.
“A work of defining greatness.”– Guardian (U.K.)
“A triumph of energy, empathy and intelligence.”– Telegraph (U.K.)
“Khan captures both the intimacy of the moment and its cosmic scale.”– Guardian (U.K.)
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Akram Khan, director, choreographer, and performer
Mirella Weingarten, set design
Michael Hulls, lighting design
Kimie Nakano, costume design
Vincenzo Lamagna, composer
BC Manjunath, Aditya Prakash, Clarice Rarity, Tamar Osborn, Nina Harries, musicians
Performance length: 65 minutes, no intermission
A co-production of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York; Onassis Cultural Centre–Athens; The Grange Festival, Hampshire; Sadler’s Wells, London; New Vision Arts Festival, Hong Kong; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; National Arts Centre, Ottawa; The 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF); Centro Cultural de Belém; Festspielhaus St. Pölten; Grec 2018 Festival de Barcelona; HELLERAU–European Center for the Arts Dresden; Edinburgh International Festival; Adelaide Festival; Festival Montpellier Danse 2018; Julidans, Amsterdam; Canadian Stage, Toronto; Romaeuropa Festival; Torinodanza festival/Teatro Stabile di Torino–Teatro Nazionale; The Music Center, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; Danse Danse, Montreal; Curve, Leicester
XENOS is made possible in part by The Joelson Foundation and Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of XENOS is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.