Akram Khan Company (UK): Chotto Desh

Akram Khan Company (UK): Chotto Desh

Age: From 7 years
Venue: Multisalen, Kilden

Photo: Richard Haughton

Join in on a young man’s travel from Bangladesh to England in a magical, exciting and touching dance performance for both children and adults!

Akram Khan’s DESH was an instant hit with audiences and critics alike when it was first presented in 2011. Now, Akram Khan Company and director Sue Buckmaster of Theatre-Rites have adapted Khan’s much-loved production specifically for children aged 7+/8+ and their families. Chotto Desh, meaning ‘small homeland’, draws on Khan’s unique quality of crosscultural storytelling, creating a compelling tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. Using a unique mix of dance, text, visuals and sound, Chotto Desh celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world and promises to be a magical, thrilling and poignant dance theatre experience for families to enjoy together.

Artistic Direction and Original Choreography: Akram Khan

Direction and Adaptation: Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)
Music Composition: Jocelyn Pook
Lighting Design: Guy Hoare
Stories imagined by: Karthika Naïr and Akram Khan
The grandmother’s fable in Chotto Desh is taken from the book The Honey Hunter
Written by: Karthika Naïr, Sue Buckmaster and Akram Khan
Assistant Choreographer: Jose Agudo
Grandmother’s voice: Leesa Gazi
Jui’s voice: Sreya Andrisha Gazi
Dancers: Dennis Alamanos or/eller Nicolas Ricchini
Producer: Claire Cunningham on behalf of AKCT
Original Visual Design: Tim Yip
Original Visual Animation: Yeast Culture
Original Costume Supervisor: Kimie Nakano
Sound Designer: Alex Stein
Music Engineer: Steve Parr
Costume Reconstruction Advisor: Martina Trottmann
Technical Producer: Sander Loonen (Arp Theatre)
Sound and AV Engineer: Matthew Armstrong
Technical Manager: Zak Macro
Rehearsal Director: Amy Butler
Stage Manager: Anne-Marie Bigby
Painted Head Sequence devised by Damien Jalet with Akram Khan
‘Bleeding Soles’ lyrics written by: Leesa Gazi
Singers: Melanie Pappenheim, Sohini Alam, Jocelyn Pook (voice/viola/piano), Tanja Tzarovska, Jeremy Schonfield

We gratefully acknowledge the artists who contributed to the original production of DESH by Akram Khan Company. Chotto Desh is co-commissioned by MOKO Dance, Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells London, DanceEast, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2016 and Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Produced by AKCT.