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Aakash Odedra

Choreographer

Biography

Aakash Odedra in action.
Aakash Odedra © Sean Goldthorpe

In the 2014/15 Season dancer-choreographer Aakash Odedra creates a new work Unearthed as part of Sampling the Myth for Deloitte Ignite 14. He also presents a mixed programme in the Linbury Studio Theatre of Murmur (with Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab) and Inked (by Damien Jalet). He made his Royal Opera House debut in 2012, performing Akram Khan's solo work In the Shadow of Man in the British Dance Edition in the Linbury Studio Theatre, and choreographed a work for The Royal Ballet's Draft Works 2014.

Odedra was born in Birmingham and trained in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharat Natyam in the UK and India. He incorporates that training in a unique synthesis with contemporary dance, both in his choreography and his creations with other choreographers. His one-man show Rising (The Place and subsequent world tour) featured new short works created on him by Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant. As dancer-choreographer his credits include a duet with Sanjukta Sinha at the Southbank Centre's Alchemy festival, a piece for James Brown: Get on the Good Foot (Apollo Theater, New York) and the Bollywood musical God's Little Soldier (Theater Freiburg). He has also choreographed for the European Network of Performing Arts' 2010 ChoreoLab, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad.

Odedra has received numerous awards and bursaries, including a development grant by Arts Council England, a two-year bursary from Akademi, a Danza&Danza award (Italy), a Dora performance award (Canada), Best Perfomance 2013 (Croatia) and a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

5 September 2014

Filming Royal Ballet dancers at 1,500 frames-per-second offers a unique glimpse of the tiny nuances of technique.

Watch: Chris Ofili painting Royal Ballet dancers' bodies for Deloitte Ignite 2014

Watch: Chris Ofili painting Royal Ballet dancers' bodies for Deloitte Ignite 2014

3 September 2014

The Turner Prize-winning artist is using dancers as living canvases for his Festival collaboration with Aakash Odedra.

Dance performances from Deloitte Ignite to be live-streamed on 6 September 2014

Dance performances from Deloitte Ignite to be live-streamed on 6 September 2014

22 August 2014

Programme includes extracts of The Firebird, The Dying Swan, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, and a special commission from Turner Prize-winner Chris Ofili.

Watch: Aakash Odedra rehearses his new piece with Royal Ballet dancers for Deloitte Ignite 2014

Watch: Aakash Odedra rehearses his new piece with Royal Ballet dancers for Deloitte Ignite 2014

7 August 2014

Design will feature collaboration with Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili, who will paint directly onto dancers.

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