Bora Bora presents this international co-production by Aakash Odedra.
"Dance is my language", says rising star on the international dance scene, Aakash Odedra, who draws upon both contemporary dance and classical Indian dance.
Dyslexic from a young age, Aakash found school very challenging and dance became his preferred mode of expression. In "Murmur" he takes the audience through that labyrinth of frustration, entrapment, discovery and freedom.
The extraordinary stage and visual effects by Ars Electronica Furturelab enhance emotion through sensational patterns and imagery. Lighting outline and follow Aakash's body as he moves, producing eye-catching silhouette shapes and later he spirals among a dazzling mosaic of floating segments. The choreography is by Aakash Odedra and LewisMajor and music is by Loscil.
The programme's other part, "Inked", is about old times scarification and tattoos since as marks of identity and ritual. Aakash Odedra’s grandmother’s body was covered by signs that ensured her protection and sense of belonging. "Inked" is choreographed by Laurence Olivier awards winner Damien Jalet. Music supervisor on "Inked" is the well-known British-Indian composer Nitin Sawhney.
Co-produced by Bora Bora.
As well as Arts at Dartington & Dartington Hall Trust (UK), Centre des arts, Scène Conventionnée “Ecritures Numériques” (FR), Festival Cultural de Mayo, (MEX), Théatre Firmin-Gémier / La Piscine (FR), Curve Theatre (UK), DanceXchange (UK), La Comète, Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne (FR), Maison de la musique de Nanterre (FR), Maison des Arts de Créteil (FR), Pavilion Dance South West (UK), Sampad (UK), Studio Programme, The Royal Ballet (UK).
Supported from by Sky Arts Academy Arts Scholarships in association with IdeasTap.
Supported by Arts Council England.
Special thanks to Akram Khan, Alistair Spalding, Alyssa Bonic, Andy Finn, Anu Giri, Chris Stafford, David Massingham, Desi Masti Team, Emma Southworth, Fiona Allan, Freya Murray, Gayatri Jani, Hema Chhaniyara, Hemisha Dave, Horst Hoertner, Iain Gillie, Jeanette Siddall, Joanna Rieussec, Julia Carruthers, Karthika Nair, Kathleen Aleton, Kirit Naker, Laurie Uprichard, Marcello Guidetti, Megan Nelsey, Melissa Porter, Mukesh Naker, Paul Burns, Roland Haring, Ruth Bates, Sarah Ford, Simon Broadbridge, Suba Das and Theresa Beattie.
"He had that sense of ecstacy, which reached upward spiritually, but also goes horizontally to the audience."
- Wall Street Journal
"Among the hottest new artists of 2015."
- London Evening Standard
"His dancing combines classical rigour with a mercurial, adventurous lightness."
- The Guardian
"A dance creator to watch out for."
- The Arts Desk
"Beautifully performed. (...) Odedra unearths the confusion which surrounds the understanding of learning difficulties relating specifically to dyslexia."
About Aakash Odedra
Aakash Odedra is an award winning, contemporary British dancer who has the dynamic dance energy to attract such top-tier choreographers as his mentor Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and Russell Maliphant, who have each set new solo pieces for him.
More recently his own choreographies range from large-scale classical evenings to contemporary works and opera.
Aakash has been awarded numerous awards and bursaries most recently the Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in New York (2014). In 2013 Aakash was also awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for the development of Murmur. In May 2014, Aakash Odedra Company presented Murmur (with Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab) and Inked (by Damien Jalet) at International Dance Festival Birmingham.