Rising is a new evening of work performed by Aakash Odedra, exploring different processes and aesthetics to create a new personal language.
"Single-minded passion is never quite enough. Innovation is a collective performance." Unknown
Aakash performs solos choreographed by Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and himself and featuring lighting by Michael Hulls and Willy Cessa.
All use Aakash’s background in Kathak and Bharatanatyam to create a new flavour of contemporary dance. Aakash also presents a contemporary Kathak solo choreographed by himself.
Premiere: February 26, 2012 at The Place
Further Touring: April 14, 2013 at Southbank Centre London
Training initially in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharat Natyam in India and the UK, Aakash Odedra is one of the hottest rising stars of British Dance.
2011 saw Aakash working with renowned choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and his mentor Akram Khan, shadowing the creation of several of their works as they each made solos on him. The culmination of this was presented in the full evening work, 'Rising', which continues to tour extensively throughout the world. More recently he performed Akram Khan’s solo work, 'In the Shadow of Man' at the Royal Opera House in London.
His own choreographies range from large-scale classical evenings to contemporary works and opera, such as the Theatre Freiburg production of 'God’s Little Soldier'. He has been honored with numerous awards and bursaries including a development grant by Arts Council England, the two year choreographic bursary from Akademi and most recently the Danza&Danza award for best new interpretation in Italy.
In 2009 Aakash was invited by Akram Khan to present a solo during his festival at Sadler’s Wells in London. He subsequently joined Akram Khan Company during the research and development phase of Khan’s multiple award- winning 'Vertical Road'. This was followed by a duet with Indian Kathak artist Sanjukta Sinha at Southbank’s Alchemy Festival. Aakash took part in ENPARTS’s (European Network of Performing Arts) Choreolab “Body is What Remains” in Serbia in 2010 and most recently choreographed for HRH The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad.
Along with the continuing international tour of Rising, Aakash has just won the Sky Arts Ideas Tap award and is collaborating with Austrian company ARS Electronica Futurelab on a new evening-length work. He is also working with the Apollo Theater in New York on an evening of work that celebrates the life and work of James Brown, which will premiere in October 2013 and tour extensively.