Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA
www.thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646
Akram Khan in Toro
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 8pm
Tickets: $100, $60, $49
IRVINE, CA: Irvine Barclay Theatre is announcing a change in the Torobaka event previously announced for March 15th.
Due to a recent knee injury while performing in Paris, Israel Galván has been advised by his doctor to withdraw from the Torobaka tour and undergo rest and rehabilitation.
However, Akram and Israel have committed to going forward and offer a very special gift to our local audience with an exclusive West Coast appearance.
Akram Khan will perform alongside the company’s four remarkable musicians. Together, they reframe the show into an exclusive evening that enjoys the very distinctive language of Torobaka, celebrating its traditional kathak and flamenco roots and evolving into an extraordinary piece of contemporary dance theater.
During this unique performance, which they are calling “TORO,” the ‘contest’ will take place between Akram and the musicians, all masters of their own art: David Azura’s fine countertenor; Christine Leboutte’s earthy contralto; Bobote, the accomplished palmero who is equally a wizard at beating flamenco rhythms with his feet; and the multi-talented Indian percussionist B.C. Manjunath unleashing the cadences of his mridanga drum.
Together, these artists re-imagine a captivating dialogue between Indian and Spanish classical rhythms. Creating an unstoppable stream of sounds and movements, the charismatic quintet keeps intact the profound dynamics of the original collaboration, and explores even further their taste for improvisation and playfulness.
Douglas Rankin, the Barclay’s president emeritus and dance programming advisor commented “Akram has done a remarkable job of re-envisioning the work as the "contest" taking place between him and the musicians and singers -- who are exceptional -- rather than between Akram and Israel. I saw the original work in London at Sadler's Wells. Having reviewed the video of Toro several times, the new iteration completely stands on its own.”
This will be Akram Khan’s first appearance in Orange County. His company, however, has appeared twice at Irvine Barclay Theatre -- with Bahok in 2010 and Vertical Road in 2012.
Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over fifteen years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESH, iTMOi, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.
An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include: the National Ballet of China; actress Juliette Binoche; ballerina Sylvie Guillem; choreographer/dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; singer Kylie Minogue; visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip; writer Hanif Kureishi; and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost.
Khan’s work is recognized as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist "who speaks tremendously of tremendous things," a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim.
Khan has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, including the Laurence Olivier Award, the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the Herald Archangel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fred and Adele Astaire Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and six Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. Khan was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Honorary Graduate of Roehampton and De Montfort Universities, and University of London, as well as Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban.
Khan is an associate artist of Sadler’s Wells, London and Curve in Leicester.