Akram Khan Company will be inaugurating the first edition of REf Kids, a series of events dedicated by Romaeuropa Festival to families and children of all ages.
Inspired by the international success of Desh, an autobiographical show with which the famous Anglo-Bangladeshi choreographer and dancer opened the festival in 2012, Chotto Desh (Small homeland) is a daydream that between dance, music, text and video animations, recounts the most delicate phases of an individual’s growth, the relationship with their parents, and the search for their own identity.
The story of a boy who dreams of becoming a dancer, that of a son who rebels against his father’s desire, the myth of a child capable of enraging the gods of the forest by stealing their honey, are interwoven on stage in the interpretation of a single young dancer who, in Khan’s unmistakable style, mixes classic Indian (Kathak) and contemporary Western dance. Dreamlike animations of huge elephants, nice crocodiles, butterfly clouds, trees, flowers and plants interact with the dancer. A fun and exciting way to grow up a little, or to rediscover what it’s like to be a child.
Artistic direction, Original choreography Akram Khan Direction, Adaptation Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites) Music composition Jocelyn Pook Light design Guy Hoare Story Karthika Naïr, Akram Khan The grandmother tale in Chotto Desh is by The Honey Hunter written by Karthika Naïr, Sue Buckmaster, Akram Khan Choreography assistant Jose Agudo Dancers Dennis Alamanos, Nicolas Ricchini Voice of Akram in Italian Jacopo Venturiero Voice of Father in Italian Marco Gambino Voice of Grandmother in Italian Susanna Paisio Voice of Jui in Italian Sara Lutfor Italian advisor Jacopo Venturiero Accent advisor Leesa Gazi Script translation Roberto Minardi Producer Claire Cunningham per AKCT Original visual design Tim Yip Original animation Yeast Culture Original costume supervisor Kimie Nakano Sound design Alex Stein Sound engineer Steve Parr Costume restyling consultant Martina Trottmann Technical production Sander Loonen (Arp Theatre) Sound, AV Matthew Armstrong Technical direction Zak Macro Rehearsal direction Amy Butler Stage direction Anne-Marie Bigby Painted Head sequence Damien Jalet con Akram Khan Bleeding Soles written by Leesa Gazi Singers Melanie Pappenheim, Sohini Alam, Jocelyn Pook (voice/viola/piano), Tanja Tzarovska, Jeremy Schonfield Co-commission MOKO Dance, Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells London, DanceEast, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2016, Stratford Circus Arts Centre Support Arts Council England The company acknowledges the artist who contributed to the original production of DESH by Akram Khan Company