Until the Lions

Akram Khan Company

"It’s a thrilling piece, which shows off Khan at his off-kilter storytelling best"

Time Out (UK)

Latecomers will not be admitted.

A solar, spirited and magnetic dancer, Akram Khan will be transforming the circular stage of TOHU into a shrine for legend. Performed on an amazing tree trunk stage set, he tells the tale of the princess Amba, who invokes the gods to seek revenge after being abducted from her betrothal ceremony and stripped of her honour.** Two dancers** and four musicians accompany him in this partial adaptation of poet Karthika Naïr’s book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, an original reworking of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Once again he commingles kathak, a traditional Indian dance form, with contemporary dance, a distinctive feature of this transcendent choreographer. Feet, hands, face… The entire body is engaged **in this virtuoso dance which combines **flexibility, precision, speed, slowness, fluidity and absolute presence. Assisted by a team of veteran artists, Until the Lions offers a brilliant retelling of an age-old story.

Akram Khan

Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over fifteen years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESH, iTMOi, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.

An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographers/dancers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Israel Galván, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost.

Khan’s work is recognised as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist “who speaks tremendously of tremendous things”, a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim.


"With this arresting take on an episode from the Mahabharata, Khan creates an epic theatrical space and a battleground."

The Guardian (US)

"This is a little firecracker of a show, one that really stays with you and grows in the memory."

The Telegraph (UK)

"Khan’s choreography is a prowling, painful, pungent blend of Indian kathak and western contemporary dance."

Times (US)

"Breathtaking theatricality."

The Stage (UK)
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