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Aakash Odedra Company: Rising

Running Time: Fri 19 Nov, 8pm. 1 hour + 15 minute interval.
Price: £15 (£14)

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About this event

Aakash Odedra, the international award-winning dancer and choreographer takes to Watermans’ stage in a captivating performance. Experience the intensity of Rising, an evening of four distinct solos with choreography from acclaimed artists Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, and Aakash himself. Created in 2011, The Guardian termed this astonishing collection of talent the “dance equivalent of a red-carpet event.” Ten years and 200 performances later Aakash brings Rising to life with the same mesmerizing agility he’s renowned for and the maturity gained from a decade of developing his craft.

Rising explores different processes and aesthetics using Aakash’s traditional background in kathak and Bharatanatyam to create a distinct flavour of contemporary dance. An unprecedented pairing of world-renowned contemporary choreographers and one of the most talented British South Asian dancers of his generation.

About Aakash Odedra

Aakash Odedra was born in Birmingham, UK and lives in Leicester. He is a globally recognised and award-winning dancer and choreographer. He trained in bharatanatyam and kathak, then moved to India as a student of the renowned Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar. Aakash Odedra’s work forms the heart of the company and as a soloist he has performed over 300 full length performances in 40 countries in the past decade. His choreography pushes boundaries, responding to and drawing inspiration from contemporary issues. As a British-Asian, Aakash Odedra uses his voice to translate ancient and contemporary movement languages to tell new stories.

Awards include the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression; Best Dance at the Eastern Eye ACTA Awards 2018; and a nomination for Best Stage Production at the 2019 Asian Media Awards for #JeSuis. Notable commissions include James Brown: Get on the Good Foot (Apollo Theater, NY). In 2017 Aakash choreographed the Royal Opera House production Sukanya composed by the late great Ravi Shankar and was movement director for Curve Theatre’s Pink Sari Revolution.

As a solo performer his awards include: Danza&Danza award (Italy); Dora performance award (Canada); Audience Award Dance Week (Croatia); Infant Award (Serbia); Bessie Award New York (Best Male Performer); and a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.


Aakash Odedra transfixes and transports his audience, receiving a deservedly rapturous response and a spontaneous standing ovation at the end of this remarkable performance
Sydney Morning Herald
An exceptionally agile dancer who, it appears, has no trouble slipping between styles, effortlessly multilingual
New York Times

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