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Murmur / Inked

23–24 January 2015
Linbury Studio Theatre

Dancer-choreographer Aakash Odedra presents an exhilarating mixed programme, created in collaboration with choreographers Lewis Major and Damien Jalet.

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Introduction

In Murmur, Odedra explores the physical experience of dyslexia through an interplay of dance, music and light. Inked sees Odedra's body transformed, in a meditation on the mysticism of tattoos and identity.

Background

Aakash Odedra originally trained in the South Asian dance forms of Kathak and Bharata Natyam. Through his extensive and highly individual work with a wide variety of contemporary choreographers Odedra has developed a language of dance that is entirely unique.

Odedra was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age. Uncomfortable with written language, he turned to dance as a means of self-expression. In Murmur, Odedra and Australian choreographer Lewis Major create a world where reality is distorted, in an innovative collaboration with Ars Electronica Futurelab that strikingly undercuts misconceptions of dyslexia.

Inked is inspired by the ancient practice of creating identity through tattoos and scarification, and the idea of indelible signs imparting protection and belonging. The ritual and mystique associated with this idea of body transformation inspires this first collaboration between Odedra and award-winning French/Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet.