#JeSuis isn’t just a stunning piece of contemporary dance …. it’s a galling political movement Edinburgh49 *****
With a growing international reputation for solo performance, Aakash Odedra creates original dance work using a distinctive movement style inspired by South Asian classical dance, contemporary dance and collaboration. Long regarded as a dancer and performer of outstanding ability; as an artist he is increasingly seen as a unique and interesting creative voice.
Odedra’s new production #JeSuis sees him stepping outside his performance role to create a stunning and theatrical full-length dance production for an international cast of seven dancers. Named in response to the solidarity movement which followed horrific murders at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, #JeSuis is an edgy and thought-provoking choreographic work. Aakash Odedra explores the strangulation of freedom of speech, the rise of xenophobic attitudes and the displacement of people through conflict.
Odedra’s solo work, Rising and his double bill Echoes/I Imagine, both continue to tour. Rising is a four part programme of work by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi, Russell Maliphant and Odedra himself which has won international profile. Echoes is a high-octane Kathak dance experience created for Odedra to perform by Kathak icon, Aditi Mangaldas. In contrast, I Imagine is a more immediate and political work; fierce and funny, melancholic and moving, it uses a few simple props to explore the immigrant experience. Murmur 2.0 & Inked, a double bill of personally-inspired solo work from 2014/15 created by Aakash in collaboration with Damien Jalet, Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab, is to be revived in 2019.
12 September The Courtyard Hereford Echoes/I Imagine
7 & 8 November Lillian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells London #JeSuis
17 November Arts Depot London #JeSuis
20 November Lakeside Arts Nottingham #JeSuis
24 November Aberystwyth Arts Centre #JeSuis
26 November Lowry Salford #JeSuis