Past Event

Until the Lions

Fri 12 Feb 2016

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 *****