iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Akram Khan's first full-length ensemble piece since Vertical Road in 2010, commemorating the centenary of Igor Stravinsky's legendary The Rite of Spring.
New full-length work with original score
World Premiere: 14 May 2013, MC2: Grenoble / London Premiere: 28 May 2013, Sadler's Wells / Paris Premiere: 24 June 2013, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Artistic Director/Choreographer - Akram Khan
Composers - Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost
"In this work, I am interested in the dynamics of how Stravinsky transformed the classical world of music by evoking emotions through patterns, rather than through expression, and these patterns were rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death. This approach is a huge inspiration to me. But in a sense I hope to reinvestigate it, not just through patterns, as Stravinsky did, but also through exploring the human condition. A rupture in the mind, a death in the body, and a birth in the soul, all remind us that the mind and imagination are wild and self-generating. In addition, to be creating this work with three different composers, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, allows us to discover many different sound-worlds, using Stravinsky as the key, the guide, the map."
Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano / Lighting Designer - Fabiana Piccioli / Scenographer - Matt Deely / Dramaturge - Ruth Little / Researcher - Joel Jenkins / Choreographic Assistants - Andrej Petrovic and Jose Agudo / Producer - Farooq Chaudhry / Associate Producer - Bia Oliveira
Dancers - Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Ching-Ying Chien, Téo Fdida, Sung Hoon Kim, Denis 'Kooné' Kuhnert, Hannes Langolf, Yen-Ching Lin, TJ Lowe, Christine Joy Ritter, Catherine Schaub Abkarian
Sponsored by COLAS
Co-produced by Sadler's Wells London, MC2: Grenoble, HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Costume making supported by the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes
Supported by Arts Council England