Akram Khan & Israel Galván
World Premiere 2 June 2014 MC2: Grenoble (France)
Akram Khan; Israel Galván; Khan; Galván; the very euphony of their names sets the scene. Dance before it became art. This transition, this intermediary space, this interstice is where they operate.
This is not, of course, an ethnic exchange between traditions, an exercise in global dance. It is about creating something from a way of understanding dance -- derived, certainly, from dancing kathak and flamenco -- that harks back to the origins of voice and of gesture, before they began to produce meaning. Mimesis rather than mimicry.
The hunter, lost in the countryside, imitates the gait of the animal he has come to hunt. Words are yet to be defined, guttural sounds which are understood almost as if they were orders, acts of command. Every part of the body is expressive, movements are read, they have a function. Torobaka!
Nor is there any need for primitivism. In one of the rehearsals Khan and Galván grappled with Toto-vaca, a Maori-inspired phonetic poem by Tristan Tzara. It was automatic. The bull (toro) and the cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers' two traditions, but united, profaned (in the original sense of the word, to restore things to their common use), in an unconstrained dadaist poem.
Israel Galván and Akram Khan. This is what it is about, dancing without compromise and for the audience to go on perceiving it as art.
—Pedro G. Romero, January 2014
Artistic Directors/Choreographers/Performers: Akram Khan and Israel Galván
With live musicians on stage
Lighting Designer: Michael Hulls
Costume Designer: Kimie Nakano
Production Manager: Fabiana Piccioli
Rehearsal Director: Jose Agudo
Producers: Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones)
Co-produced by MC2: Grenoble, Sadler's Wells London, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Festival Montpellier Danse 2015, Onassis Cultural Centre -- Athens, Esplanade -- Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Prakriti Foundation, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / Flamenco Biennale, Concertgebouw Brugge, HELLERAU -- European Center for the Arts Dresden, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Romaeuropa Festival
Sponsored by COLAS