Akram Khan's XENOS

Sunday, March 3rd 2019, 5:00pm
Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800 Berkeley, CA 94720

Join the Center for the Arts & Religion for a weekend-long residency around Akram Khan's XENOS performance. After attending a pre-performance panel discussion and hands-on workshop, view the performance free of charge, as part of CARe's partnership with UC Berkeley's Cal Performances.

British (by Bangladeshi descent) dancer/choreographer Akram Khan is revered for physically demanding, visually spellbinding solo productions which combine Indian kathak with modern dance in works of sublime storytelling. Seen here in an exclusive West Coast engagement, XENOS is Khan's final solo creation before his planned retirement from solo performance. A powerful work that reveals the beauty and horrors of the human condition through the myth of Prometheus, it is told from the perspective of an Indian soldier recruited to fight in the trenches of World War I for the British Crown. "Xenos" means "stranger" or "alien" in Greek, and Khan's work bravely explores the soldier's alienation as he is trapped between two cultures in the colonial system. Performed with live musical accompaniment. "A work of incredible potency, of emotional and cultural depth that sings and surges with the confidence of an artist at the peak of his powers" (The Stage, London). 

Approximate run time: 65 minutes, without intermission

Nina Harries, double bass and vocals
BC Manjunath, percussion and konnakol
Tamar Osborn, baritone saxophone
Aditya Prakash, vocals
Clarice Rarity, violin