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Concertgebouw Brugge

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Chotto Desh / Little homeland — Akram Khan Company


  • 15.00 Stadsschouwburg
  • 15.35 Expected end time


A fine tribute to the human imagination

In 2011, as curator of its 5th edition, Akram Khan opened December Dance with a Concertgebouw coproduction: DESH. 'Magical, masterly, stunning, impressive, fascinating...’ DESH was showered with superlatives and won international awards. Akram Khan and Sue Buckmaster have meanwhile created a wonderful adaptation for families and children: Chotto Desh, or ‘the little homeland’. In a magical mix of dance, word and visuals, Chotto Desh tells the compelling tale of the dreams of a child growing up in England, within a family with Bangladeshi roots. But what if he had really listened to his father? The visual design is by Chinese designer Tim Yip, who won the Oscar for Best Art Direction for his work on the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Jocelyn Pook, composer of, among other things, the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, arranged the music. Chotto Desh is a fine tribute to the human imagination.

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Program and performers


for children of 7 and older
narration partly in Dutch and partly in English (partly dubbed and partly with Dutch surtitles)


Akram Khan: artistic direction & choreography
Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites): direction & adaptation
Jocelyn Pook: music
Guy Hoare: lighting design
Karthika Nair, Akram Khan: script
Jose Agudo: assistance

Dennis Alamanos or Nicolas Ricchini: dance
Tim Yip: original visual design
Yeast Culture: visual animation
Kimie Nakano: costumes
Alex Stein: sound designer and AV engineer
Steve Parr: music engineer
Martina Trottmann: costume reconstruction advisor
Sander Loonen (Arp Theatre): technical producer

Production: AKCT - Claire Cunningham
Production partners: MOKO Dance, Akram Khan Company, Sadler's Wells (London), DanceEast, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2016, Stratford Circus Arts Centre


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