A princess is reborn as a male warrior in a dance work inspired by The Mahabharata at the OzAsia Festival.
When Akram Khan was 13 years old, Peter Brook cast him in his legendary, nine-hour production of The Mahabharatain which he toured the world for 18 months.
Three decades on, and now regarded as one of Britain’s most important dancer/choreographers, Khan has returned to The Mahabaratafor his latest work Until the Lions, created in 2016. In something of a coup, the Adelaide-based OzAsia Festival is bringing the one-hour dance work to Australia as part of its 2017 line-up.
Until the Lions. Photos © Jean Louis Fernandez
Born in London to Bangladeshi parents, Khan has developed a unique, thrilling signature style that blends traditional Indian Kathak with contemporary dance. Over the years, he and his company have been regular visitors to Australia. He has danced here with Juliette Binoche in In-Iand Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Zero Degrees.His company has also toured with productions of Kaash, which explored astrophysics and Hindu creation; Ma, which spun around the relationship between human beings and the earth; and iTOMi...