#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.
Odedra’s next production sees him stepping outside his performance role to create a stunning and theatrical full-length dance production for an international cast of eight 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. With dancers from Turkey, Aakash Odedra explores the strangulation of freedom of speech, the rise of xenophobic attitudes and the displacement of people through conflict. As atrocities in European cities trend, #JeSuis gives voice to stories in other lands that our media readily forget. Each dancer tells us about the struggle to be who we are in places where we are told to be someone else.
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.
8 March Dance City Newcastle Echoes/I Imagine
15 March Pavilion Dance South West Bournemouth Echoes/I Imagine
28 April The House Plymouth Rising
4 May Southbank Centre London Echoes/I Imagine
30 June Quarterhouse Folkestone Rising