Sadler’s Wells has commissioned Associate Artist Akram Khan to create a short film, XEN, inspired by XENOS, his final new full-length solo which receives its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells on 29 May 2018.
XEN is a reimagined version of Akram Khan’s performance for the screen, and echoes XENOS’ evocation of the shell-shocked dream of a colonial soldier in the context of the First World War.
Meaning ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’, XENOS takes place where humanity stands in wonder and disarray, on the border between East and West, past and present, mythology and technology. The production reveals the beauty and horror of the human condition and seeks to express tales of loss, hope and redemption, through a movement language that shifts between classical kathak and contemporary dance.
XEN is produced by Illuminations for Sadler’s Wells, and is part of Sadler’s Wells’ commitment to developing new forms of dance which reach new audiences.
Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and highly regarded dance makers working today. He has collaborated with artists includingactress 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. A career highlight was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, set to Emeli Sandé’s rendition of Abide with Me.
Akram Khan became a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist in 2005. Sadler’s Wells has co-produced many works with Akram Khan Company, including his acclaimed solo work DESH.
XENOS, commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, marks Khan’s final performances as a solo dancer in a new full-length piece. It receives its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells from 29 May - 9 June 2018. XENOS is part of Sadler’s Wells’ 20th anniversary celebrations, and is among 20 commissions celebrating 20 years of the current building, which opened in 1998.
Directed, choreographed and performed by Akram Khan, produced by Lucie Conrad
Director of Photography: Ben Marshall
Editor: Josh Levinsky
Music: W.A. Mozart’s Lacrimosa, recomposed by Vincenzo Lamagna
Musicians: Nina Harries · Andrew Maddick Tamar Osborn · Aditya Prakash
Sound Designer: Vincenzo Lamagna
Art Director: Robin Hart
Costume Designer: Kimie Nakano
Sound Mixer: Tim Wheeler
Colourist: Paul Ingvarsson
Focus Puller: Sean McDermott
Gaffer: Esteban Gimpelewicz
Clapper Loader: Anastasia Romanchuka
Sparks: Edel Gardner · Leo Naessens Luke Priadi · Micky Reeves
Sound: Calum Sample
Rehearsal Dancer: Jacob Lang
Runners: Tariq Jordan · Amy Sharkey · Jamie Hart
Executive Producer for Sadler’s Wells: Alistair Spalding