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Until the Lions

From award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan

Jun 15-18, 2017
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Thu, Jun 15, 2017
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“With this arresting take on an episode from the Mahabharata, Khan creates an epic theatrical space and a battleground”
–The Guardian

On the day she’s set to choose her husband, the princess Amba is abducted by Bheeshma and stripped of her honour. With her chances for love and marriage thwarted, Amba rises up and invokes the gods to seek revenge. This partial adaptation of Karthika Naïr’s Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, a collection of poetry about the overlooked female characters in the Sanskrit epic poem the Mahabharata, fuses Indian kathak, contemporary dance, and live music to give life to Amba’s tale, exploring the physical expression of gender.

Award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan (seen in Toronto with Desh and Luminato’s 2011 Confluence) and two remarkable female dancers, Ching-Ying Chien and Joy Alpuerto Ritter, bring us a story of fearlessness and power that The Guardian called “lean, thrilling and beautiful.”
 
As in many myths, the female characters are often the unsung heroes, the figures of strength and imagination and endurance. It is their unsung stories in particular that still haunt me today
–Akram Khan

Until the Lions brings together some of Khan’s stellar past collaborators including writer Karthika Naïr and visual artist Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Presented in the round in a custom-built temporary theatre in the Canadian Opera Company complex on Front Street East with an original score performed live, it’s a battle for the ages. 

Photos by Jean Louis Fernandez
 
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Estimated Run Time:
60 mins (no intermission)
60 mins  (no intermission)
An Akram Khan Company production presented by Luminato

Reviews

"As in many myths, the female characters are often the unsung heroes, the figures of strength and imagination and endurance. It is their unsung stories in particular that still haunt me today."
- Akram Khan
"This is a little firecracker of a show, one that really stays with you and grows in the memory."
- The Telegraph
"This incandescent production transcends narrative in depicting with emotional clarity a world of core values – a world where love, loyalty, betrayal and regret play out starkly."
- The Times
"A rugged, whirling mixture of kathak and contemporary dance ... hard to resist"
- The Globe and Mail

Creatives

DIRECTION AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY
Akram Khan

NARRATIVE CONCEPT, SCENARIO & TEXT 
Karthika Naïr

DANCERS
Akram Khan, Ching-Ying Chien, Joy Alpuerto Ritter

MUSICIANS
Sohini Alam, Joseph Ashwin, David Azurza, Yaron Engler

VOICE-OVER
Kathryn Hunter

VISUAL DESIGN 
Tim Yip 

LIGHTING DESIGN
Michael Hulls

ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE COMPOSED BY 
Vincenzo Lamagna in collaboration with Sohini Alam, David Azurza, Yaron Engler, Akram Khan, Christine Joy Ritter 

DRAMATURG 
Ruth Little 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Sasha Milavic Davies 

ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER
Jose Agudo 

PRODUCER
Farooq Chaudhry

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Richard Fagan 

ASSISTANT SET DESIGN & TECHNICAL PRODUCER
Sander Loonen

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Peter Swikker 

STAGE MANAGER
Marek Pomocki 

LIGHTING ENGINEER
Stéphane Déjours 

SOUND ENGINEER
Julien Deloison 

ASSISTANT TO THE COSTUME DESIGNER & COSTUME MAKER
Peggy Housset 

MODEL HEAD DESIGNED & MADE BY
Blind Summit 

PROJECT MANAGER & TOUR MANAGER
Mashitah Omar