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Akram Khan Company

Until the Lions

Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival

‘A firecracker of a show, one that really stays with you and grows in the memory’ The Telegraph *****

One of the most respected figures in the dance world, Akram Khan returns to Brighton Festival after eight years (Bahok) with his new, full-length production Until the Lions – his most arresting work to date. Khan is joined by two of his company dancers alongside four musicians providing haunting vocals and soundscape. Together they give a breathtaking performance in this partial adaptation of poet Karthika Naïr’s original reworking of the epic Mahabharata.

Beautifully combining the classical Indian dance form kathak with contemporary dance, Until the Lions tells the tale of Amba, a princess abducted on her wedding day and stripped of her honour, who invokes the gods to seek revenge.

For this epic theatrical spectacle, Khan reunites with some of the collaborators behind his Olivier Award-winning solo DESH, including visual artist Tim Yip, lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturg Ruth Little.

‘Thrilling and beautiful’ The Observer *****

Thu 26 & Fri 27 May, 7.30pm
£10, £15, £20, £25, Under 19s £15
Festival Standby £10

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Duration: 65 minutes Highly visual performance

This production is a partial adaptation of Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, a retelling in verse of the Mahabharata by Karthika Naïr (HarperCollins India, 2015 & Arc Publications UK, 2016). Initiated by the 360° Network of round artistic venues across the world and produced during residency at Sadler's Wells London and Curve Leicester.

Sponsored by COLAS. Created with generous support from The Quercus Trust. Supported by Arts Council England.