RISING Aakash Odedra


26 June

9 pm

Teatro Sociale – Bergamo Alta

The show is part of the review Arcate d’Arte – in collaboration with TTB Teatro tascabile di Bergamo

In collaboration with Fondazione Teatro Donizetti

Rising is a new evening of work performed by Aakash Odedra, exploring different processes and aesthetics to create a new personal language.

“ Single-minded passion is never quite enough.

Innovation is a collective performance.” Unknown

Aakash performs solos choreographed by Russell Maliphant; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan with lighting by Michael Hulls.

All use Aakash’s background in Kathak and Bharatanatyam to create a new flavour of contemporary dance.  Aakash also presents a contemporary Kathak solo choreographed by himself.

The project has been commissioned by DanceXchange, Sampad, The Hat Factory, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dance, South East Dance, New Art Exchange,The Place, Curve and funded by Arts Council England and Akademi.

CUT di Russell Maliphant;     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dgz7e_mXpw

CONSTELLATION di Sidi Larbi Cherakoui; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gucbuibK7vQ

IN THE SHADOW OF A MAN di Akram Khan; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aJVVx94M68

Aakash Odedra

A rising star of British South Asian Dance, Aakash initially started training in Kathak at CICD in Leicester with Smt. Nilima Devi. He later studied other dance styles including Bharat Natyam, Indo-Jazz and Contemporary. He trained with acclaimed dancers such as Chitraleka Bolar in this c

ountry and Asha Joglekar and Chhaya Kanvateh in India. Over the years he has given many stage performances with different companies and artists including Pagrav Dance Company, Nilimadevi Dance Company and Raju Mali.

He performed in Recipes for Curry, a co-production between Sampad (Birmingham) and indance (Toronto) and Daredevas 2008, and Akademi’s showcase for young British and international talent at the Southbank Centre. Aakash was commissioned by Curve Theatre in Leicester to choreograph a piece for the opening of the theatre in November 2008. This piece, called “Flight” was the only one invited to perform for HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on their visit in December 2008.

Also in 2008, Aakash was awarded a development grant by Arts Council England with which he attended workshops at Alvin Ailey, New York, Impulz Tanz, Vienna and trained at Kadamb, Ahmedabad with Kumudini Lakhia. He has also been awarded a two year choreographic bursary by Akademi to develop his choreographic skills.

In November 2009 Aakash was invited by Akram Khan to perform a solo at Sadler’s Wells. The piece ‘Maati Re’, choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia, was commissioned by the Akram Khan Charitable Trust and Sadler’s Wells. Aakash joined the Akram Khan Company for 5 weeks on the R&D phase of Akram’s project, Vertical Road.

In February 2010, Aakash performed a short solo, ‘Lost’, at British Dance Edition in Birmingham. This was followed by a duet with Indian Kathak artist Sanjukta Sinha, at Southbank’s Alchemy Festival called ‘Tatha’, which was received well by critics and the audience. He was noted by Betsy Gregory of Dance Umbrella for his performance in “Lost” at BDE and was recommended to take part in the ENPARTS choreolab “Body is What Remains” in Serbia in June 2010. He is currently performing MAYA|AYAM with the Chitraleka Dance Company, which has toured nationally in England and internationally in India, and is working on several other national and international projects.

Coreography Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Aakash Odedra.

with Aakash Odedra

Project commissioned by  DanceXchange, Sampad, The Hat Factory, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dance, South East Dance, New Art Exchange, The Place, Curve e finanziato da  Arts Council England e Akademi.

foto: Lewis Major

Wednesday 26 June

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