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Aakash Odedra

Choreographer

Biography

Aakash Odedra in action.
Aakash Odedra © Sean Goldthorpe

British dancer-choreographer Aakash Odedra 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. He choreographed a work for The Royal Ballet's Draft Works 2014 and created Unearthed as part of Sampling the Myth for Deloitte Ignite 14. Later in the 2014/15 Season he presented the mixed programme Murmur (with Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab) and Inked (by Damien Jalet) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

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

Aakash Odedra: Our favourite clips

Aakash Odedra: Our favourite clips

21 January 2015

The rising star in British dance has a strong YouTube presence – we pick out the best.

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.

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