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.