'Our future peace processes rely on us inspiring a younger generation to be more tolerant and understand the triggers for conflict and ways to manage it'.
Inspired by Akram Khan’s award winning final full-length solo XENOS, and following on from the success of Chotto Desh, Chotto Xenos is a captivating dance production that takes young audiences back in time, exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of soldiers, in order to shine light on our present and future.
How does war begin? And how does it end? It depends on who is telling the story. Aspects of the original XENOS will be interwoven with child-friendly content to present a unique new production. Children today are exposed to images of war through social media and the concept of conflict as fun through video games. They deserve to have creative time for reflection and to ponder on what it means to them, the lives of those they are close to, and the world they will grow up in. They are also subjected to a rather limited education about the history of war, often neglecting a very necessary re-telling of the soldiers experience, where they are from and what they believe they are fighting for.
Reimagined by Sue Buckmaster, Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites and creator of the highly successful Chotto Desh, Chotto Xenos weaves together stunning choreography by Akram Khan, lighting design by Guy Hoare, costumes by Kimie Nakano, and tender and evocative visuals by Lucy Cash. Mounted on a set by Ingrid Hu, this family production incorporates Domenico Angarano’s stirring soundscape adapted from the original score, by Vincenzo Lamagna.
Duration: approx 50 mins
Age: Suitable for those age 8 years + and their families
World Premiere in February 2020.
2020-02-28 00:00:00 2020-03-01 00:00:00 - Old Vic Bristol, Bristol - UK
2020-03-05 00:00:00 2020-03-06 00:00:00 - The Brewhouse, Taunton - UK
2020-03-10 00:00:00 2020-03-11 00:00:00 - New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth - UK
2020-03-18 00:00:00 2020-03-19 00:00:00 - Step Festival Dergardsteatern, Lerum - Sweden
2020-05-20 00:00:00 2020-05-22 00:00:00 - Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, Vilnius - Lithuanie
2020-02-21 00:00:00 2020-02-22 00:00:00 - Dance East Ipswich, Ipswich - UK
XENOS Artistic Direction and Original Choreography Akram Khan
Chotto Xenos Direction and Adaptation Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)
Set Designer Ingrid Hu
Lighting Design Guy Hoare
Music and Sound Design Domenico Angarano, adapted from the original score by Vincenzo Lamagna
Costume Design Kimie Nakano
Film & Projection Design Lucy Cash
Rehearsal Directors Mavin Khoo & Nicola Monaco
Dancers Guilhem Chatir or Kennedy Junior Muntanga
We gratefully acknowledge the artists and co-producers who contributed to the original production of XENOS by Akram Khan Company.
XENOS Original Creative Team
Dramaturg Ruth Little
Lighting Design Michael Hulls
Music Score and Sound Design Vincenzo Lamagna
Set Design Mirella Weingarten
Writer Jordan Tannahill
Co-produced by DanceEast Ipswich, The Point Eastleigh, Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Created with the support of Capital Group
Chotto Xenos and XENOS are both commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, and the Department for Digital,Culture, Media and Sport
Supported by Arts Council England