AAKASH ODEDRA COMPANY
Murmur & Inked is a double bill from Aakash Odedra Company. Artistic Director Odedra is one of the most sought-after British choreographer/dancers today. Originally trained in the South Asian styles of khatak and bharatanatyam, Odedra has developed a distinctive movement style following intensive training with some of the most prestigious choreographers in the world.
Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Odedra found conventional education at school very challenging. He felt defined by his learning difficulties, but not his abilities. As written language was so alien, dance became his preferred mode of expression. In Murmur, Odedra and Australian choreographer Lewis Major delve into the idea of warped and exaggerated realities. In a major collaboration with Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab (Linz, Austria), the company explores how the misconceptions of dyslexia can be revealed through visual design, light, sound and movement.
Scarification and tattoos have always been used as marks of identity or experience. Odedra’s grandmother’s body was covered by signs that ensured her protection and sense of belonging. In Inked, choreographed by Olivier award-winner Damien Jalet, the body becomes a place of transformation, an envelope marked, folded and metamorphosed by its journey through a ritualised space. The figures and drawings made on his own body reveal the inner duality of the dancer who enters through a series of transformative stages in a self-seeking quest, an exploration of the body’s limits and powers, as a way to transcend them.
A free post-show talk is included in the ticket price.
“Murmur is the opposite of opaque: a revelation of a world of wonder inside the mind”theartsdesk.com
“The lighting and stage-effect accuracy of this piece is simply brilliant”danceground.com
Supported by Sky Arts Academy Arts Scholarships and Arts Council England
Co-commissioned by Arts at Dartington, (Dartington Hall Trust, UK), Bora Bora (Aarhus, Denmark), Curve Theatre (Leicester, UK), DanceXchange (Birmingham, UK), La Comete (Chalons en Champagne, France), La Maison de la musique de Nanterre (Nanterre, FR), Maison des Arts de Créteil (Créteil, FR), Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth, UK), Sampad (Birmingham, UK), Studio Programme, The Royal Ballet (London, UK).