Akram Khan’s Last Solo Dance — Xenos

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - GOINGS ON -

Date: Nov 16-18 — 7:30 pm

Venue: Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Dance Cen­tre

The text for Xenos, by ac­claimed Cana­dian play­wright Jor­dan Tan­nahill, gives voice to the shell-shocked dream of a colo­nial In­dian sol­dier in no man’s land. Many of the se­poys who died in con­flict were buried abroad, while for those who re­turned home, of­ten mu­ti­lated and trau­ma­tized, an­other form of era­sure fol­lowed, as their sto­ries were in­terred in ar­chives fol­low­ing the rise of In­dian na­tion­al­ism and the re­jec­tion of colo­nial rule. Sep­a­rated from their own his­to­ries, home­lands, and coun­try­men, they be­came xenoi. Xenos is a lament for the body in war, and a me­mento mori for our own times of vi­o­lent es­trange­ment from one an­other and our world. Xenos re­veals the beauty and hor­ror of the hu­man con­di­tion in its por­trait of an In­dian dancer whose skilled body be­comes an in­stru­ment of war. “X” is no man and every­man, the un­known and the eter­nal sol­dier, alone in a for­eign land, a stranger to him­self and to an en­emy he does not know.

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