Aakash Odedra’s new show: A feast of theatre, poetry and dance
9 & 10 March 2017

Aakash Odedra - Echoes I ImagineAakash Odedra is an award-winning Indian classical and contemporary dancer whose rise to stardom is on the up and up. And he has a new solo show – billed as an evening of theatre and dance – at Sadlers Wells this March. The show has two pieces – Echoes, which is choreographed by kathak superstar Aditi Mangaldas (who we wrote about here), and I Imagine, a solo dance dedicated to his father, which is a collaboration with the powerful and emotive British Egyptian spoken word poet Sabrina Mahfouz and which explores themes of immigration, identity and home. Here’s a teaser – and Odedra in a way you don’t often see classical dancers.

Odedra began kathak in Leicester and bharatanatyam in Birmingham before moving to Mumbai between 2002 and 2004 to pursue dance more intensely. During this time he was soaking up a combination of styles and influences and further developed elements of indo-jazz and Bollywood to his already existing kathak and bharatanatyam.

He’s been mentored by both Akram Khan and Aditi Mangaldas – my two personal favourites on the contemporary indian dance scene. In 2009 he impressed Akram Khan, who told him: “I see myself in you”. Since then he has continued to shine and attract vast recognition. Aditi Mangaldas has said of him: “Every piece of movement, thought and music is transformed rather than interpreted or imitated”. The alchemy of these two magicians of movement combined with Odedra’s own lean, young, dynamic and poetic power is potentially the start of something new and extraordinary.

Don’t miss this feast of collaborations which promises to be all that great dance can be – thoughtful, dynamic, powerful, limitless and beautiful.

 

When: Thursday 9th – Friday 10th March 2017, 8pm

Where: Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN

Tickets: £17 (+ £3 for phone bookings, £1.95 for online bookings)

More info: Sadlers Wells Theatre

 

By Sakeena Adamjee.

 

Posted on 25 February 2017

Photos from Sadlers Wells

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