Akram Khan & Israel Galván / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Akram Khan & Israel Galván


10, 11, 13,14 MAR 2015
Main Stage
Two firebrands together on stage in a breathtaking mix of Kathak and Flamenco--an explosion of dance and music!
15 – 18 – 25 – 36 €
Concs 10 – 12 – 15 €
Unemployed 5 €
When two firebrands meet on stage, and the risk-takers in question are Israel Galván and Akram Khan, you know something ground-breaking is going to emerge from the mix...

Israel Galván is an award-winning Flamenco dancer and choreographer who has committed himself to taking his art in new directions. In turn, the charismatic and inventive Akram Khan has worked tirelessly to explore and break down the boundaries between Kathak and contemporary dance.

The roots of their techniques go back centuries, their traditions open up a vast fan of cultures, and yet they fall into step with astonishing ease. For there is an invisible thread, a shared lineage, which connects these two traditions with their foot stamps and circular hand movements, their abrupt rhythmic changes and music produced in part by the dancer’s body.

The two choreographers seek to transcend the obvious and reach the point at which, together, they can break the moulds of their respective cultures from within and create, in an explosion of dance and live music, a performance in which two bodies become one but retain their own idioms as they do so. A production that will delight audiences with its intensity, its precision and the profound experience of freedom it imparts. 

Click here to watch a web documentary about TOROBAKA. (Co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells and the BBC/Arts Council England digital project The Space, this interactive film created and directed by the talented Maxime Dos offers a valuable insight into the creation of the piece.)


Created and performed by Israel Galván and Akram Khan
Music arranged and performed by David Azurza Bobote, Christine Leboutte, B C Manjunath
Lighting Designer: Michael Hulls
Costume Designer: Kimie Nakano
Sound: Pedro León
Rehearsal Director: Jose Agudo
Production Coordinator: Amapola López
Production Manager: Sander Loonen
Technical Coordinator: Pablo Pujol
Lighting: Stéphane Déjours
Tour Managers: Amapola López and Mashitah Omar
Producers: Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones)

Co-produced by: MC2: Grenoble, Sadler’s Wells London, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona,Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Festival Montpellier Danse 2015, Onassis Cultural Centre - Athens, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Prakriti Foundation,  Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / Flamenco Biënnale Nederland, Concertgebouw Brugge, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Romaeuropa Festival

Sponsored by COLAS

Produced during residency at Mercat de les Flors Barcelona and MC2: Grenoble

Supported by Arts Council England

Israel Galván is an Associate Artist of Théâtre de la Ville Paris and Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler's Wells London in a special international co-operation
Special thanks to the whole MC2 team, Hervé Le Bouc, Sophie Sadeler, Béatrice Abeille-Robin, Mr. & Mrs. Khan, Yuko Khan, Aditi Mangaldas, Pedro G. Romero, Pandit Lachhu Maharaj, Shlomo and Jacob Galván
World Premiere: MC2: Grenoble, France, 2 June 2014
Spanish Premiere: XXXI Festival de Otoño a Primavera, Madrid, 27 June 2014
UK Premiere: Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 3 November 2014

11 Mar 2015


After performance talk with Akram Khan and Israel Galván

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