Akram Khan’s Carnival of Shadows
23 Nov – 4 Dec 2021

The beginning of a third decade of storytelling

Akram Khan’s Carnival of Shadows
Akram Khan’s Carnival of Shadows

Over the past 20 years, Akram Khan Company has become a platform that retells ancient myths to speak to us now and constantly reinvents itself in order to reflect the world as it changes. This autumn Akram Khan returns to Sadler’s Wells with three pieces of outstanding storytelling. 

Outwitting the Devil
23-27 November

The season starts with new work by the company, Outwitting the Devil, which makes its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells. This epic dance piece is about ritual and remembering inspired by the  Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh and seen through  the lens of the current climate crisis.

30 November – 4 December

Akram himself will take to the stage for the final UK performances of his full-length solo XENOS, alongside five world-class musicians.  Conjuring a shell-shocked dream of an Indian soldier fighting in World War One.  Akram Khan received the Lawrence Olivier Award 2019 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for XENOS, and the Outstanding Male Modern Performance Award at The UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2018.

“A work of defining greatness, and a fitting farewell to a stage career that has illuminated British dance”

Chotto Xenos
2 & 3 December

Inspired by Akram Khan’s award winning final full-length solo XENOS, Chotto Xenos is a captivating dance production that takes young audiences ( 7+) and families  back in time, exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of World War 1 colonial soldiers, in order to shine light on our present and future.

NEED TO KNOW: Carnival of Shadows is at Sadler’s Wells from 23 Nov – 4 Dec 2021