iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Akram Khan's latest full-length ensemble piece since Vertical Road (2010).
Celebrating Igor Stravinsky and the centenary of his legendary Rite of Spring, iTMOi explores the way in which Stravinsky transformed the classical music world by evoking emotions through patterns and their disruption, building an episodic drama around the ritual of sacrifice.
Khan says "I hope to reinvestigate this approach, not just through patterns, as Stravinsky did, but also through exploring the human condition. A rupture in the mind, fierce resistance to convention, a death in the body, and a birth in the soul, all remind us that the mind and imagination are wild and self- generating."
Here he is fascinated by how human beings are capable of turning everything into a paradox -- meaning turns into absurdity, justice into injustice, freedom into bondage.
"In addition, to be creating this work with three different composers allows us to discover many different sound worlds, using Stravinsky as the key, the guide, the map."
With an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, and an international cast of 11 dancers, iTMOi is another extraordinary artistic collaboration from Khan and his talented team, creating a world where beauty and ugliness are ruptured to reveal how closely they interrelate with each other.
World Premiere: 14 May 2013, MC2: Grenoble, France / UK Premiere: 28 May 2013, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London / Paris Premiere: 24 June 2013, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Artistic Director/Choreographer - Akram Khan
Composers - Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost
Producer - Farooq Chaudhry
Material devised and performed by Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Ching-Ying Chien, Sung Hoon Kim, Denis 'Kooné' Kuhnert, Hannes Langolf, Yen-Ching Lin, TJ Lowe, Christine Joy Ritter, Catherine Schaub Abkarian and Nicola Monaco
Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano / Lighting Designer - Fabiana Piccioli / Scenographer - Matt Deely / Dramaturge - Ruth Little / Researcher - Joel Jenkins / Choreographic Assistants - Andrej Petrovic and Jose Agudo / Set Development and Construction - Sander Loonen and Firma Smits / Sound Designer - Nicolas Faure / Associate Producer - Bia Oliveira / Project Manager - Céline Gaubert / Tour Manager - Marek Pomocki
Akram Khan Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes in the making of costumes.
Produced during residency at Mc2: Grenoble
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
Supported by Arts Council England
Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler's Wells, London in a special international co-operation.