Projects

Echoes

Echoess

Echoes is an exhilarating, high-octane Kathak dance experience which explores our relationships with our ancestors. The piece is choreographed by Kathak icon, Aditi Mangaldas, who is renowned for her artistry, energy and for breaking new ground, adding a contemporary twist to this stunning form of Indian dance.

“From the off, Odedra surprises. Instead of wearing the bells on his ankles, and to a plaintive song, he swings them in a circle of light. They ash and glitter as they slice through the beams, thudding as they strike the floor. A cascade of ghungroos dangle in one corner like a glistening waterfall, individual ones snaking across the floor in rivulets of gold”. The Dancing Times

  • Choreographers – Aditi Mangaldas
  • Performed by – Aakash Odedra
  • Lighting Designer – Fabiana Piccioli
  • Rehearsal Directors – Dheerendra Tiwari and Amit Khinchi
  • Music – Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan
  • Lyrics – Paltudas, Bheekha Sahib, Meerabai
  • Lyrics sourced by Shubha Mudgal
  • Voice – Shubha Mudgal
  • Sarangi – Murad Ali
  • Tabla and recitation – Mohit Gangani
  • Pakhawaj – Ashish Gangani
  • Recorded at Studio Fuzz, New Delhi by Nitin Joshi.
  • Mixed and mastered by Nitin Joshi
  • Costume : Digvijay Singh
  • Set and Technical Direction – Sander Loonen
  • Co-produced by Curve Theatre (Leicester), DanceXchange (Birmingham), La Comete (Chalons-en-Champagne) and Generously supported using Lottery Funds through Arts Council England.
In I Imagine

I Imagine

In I Imagine, Aakash combines beautiful choreography with powerful spoken word as he collaborates with gifted, award-winning poet and fellow Sky Arts Academy Scholar Sabrina Mahfouz. Aakash and Sabrina explore the imagined future and the confines of skin. The experimental piece features masks made by Califronian based Circus Practitioner David Poznanter, (credits include being Aamir Khan’s personal trainer for the blockbuster film Dhoom 3), and explores the dynamism of Dance/Performance Theatre.

“I Imagine is not only a superb piece of dance theatre, but a thought-provoking one, and most definitely one for our time”. The Dancing Times

  • Choreography – Aakash Odedra
  • Spoken Word – Sabrina Mahfouz
  • Lighting – Fabiana Piccioli
  • Music – Nicki Wells
  • Masks – David Poznanter
  • Technical Direction – Sander Loonen
  • Co-produced by Curve Theatre (Leicester), DanceXchange (Birmingham), La Comete (Chalons-en-Champagne) and Generously supported using Lottery Funds through Arts Council England.
Murmur 2

Murmur 2.0

Murmur 2.0 is a new iteration of Aakash’s hugely moving show Murmur on which he collaborated with Ars Electronica Futurelab and Lewis Major. The work has been extended as a full length production. A major audience hit, Murmur is an honest view of the tribulations of Aakash’s dyslexia. There are also enhanced educational packages for Murmur 2.0 which includes post-show stage demonstrations around the technology and dance.

“With a dark stage, vortexing blue lit smoke and a nightmare of projected chalk drawings that show a bird in a cage, then out free, followed by an almost Hitchcockian raging murmur of birds on the wing, our dancer is like Saint-Exupéry’s, The Little Prince that I see referenced in the chalk drawings, his long scarf outstretched with birds flying on leashes”. Jane Oriel – Art Scene in Wales

  • Supported by Arts at Dartington, NYU Abu Dhabi, The Place (London) and Generously supported using Lottery Funds through Arts Council England.
  • Original Supporters for Murmur:
  • Supported from by Sky Arts Academy Arts Scholarships and IdeasTap
  • Supported by Arts Council England
  • Co-commissioned by
  • Arts at Dartington, (Dartington Hall Trust, UK),
  • Bora Bora (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Centre des Arts (Enghien les Bains, France),
  • Curve Theatre (Leicester, UK),
  • DanceXchange (Birmingham, UK),
  • Festival De Mayo (Guadalajara, MX),
  • La Comete (Chalons-en-Champage, France),
  • La Maison de la musique de Nanterre (Nanterre, FR),
  • Maison des Arts de Créteil (Créteil, FR),
  • Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth, UK),
  • Sampad (Birmingham, UK),
  • Studio Programme, Royal Opera House (London, UK)
Echoes

Echoes

Echoes is an exhilarating, high-octane Kathak dance experience which explores our relationships with our ancestors. The piece is choreographed by Kathak icon, Aditi Mangaldas, who is renowned for her artistry, energy and for breaking new ground, adding a contemporary twist to this stunning form of Indian dance.

“From the off, Odedra surprises. Instead of wearing the bells on his ankles, and to a plaintive song, he swings them in a circle of light. They ash and glitter as they slice through the beams, thudding as they strike the floor. A cascade of ghungroos dangle in one corner like a glistening waterfall, individual ones snaking across the floor in rivulets of gold”. The Dancing Times

  • Choreographers – Aditi Mangaldas
  • Performed by – Aakash Odedra
  • Lighting Designer – Fabiana Piccioli
  • Rehearsal Directors – Dheerendra Tiwari and Amit Khinchi
  • Music – Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan
  • Lyrics – Paltudas, Bheekha Sahib, Meerabai
  • Lyrics sourced by Shubha Mudgal
  • Voice – Shubha Mudgal
  • Sarangi – Murad Ali
  • Tabla and recitation – Mohit Gangani
  • Pakhawaj – Ashish Gangani
  • Recorded at Studio Fuzz, New Delhi by Nitin Joshi.
  • Mixed and mastered by Nitin Joshi
  • Costume : Digvijay Singh
  • Set and Technical Direction – Sander Loonen
  • Co-produced by Curve Theatre (Leicester), DanceXchange (Birmingham), La Comete (Chalons-en-Champagne) and Generously supported using Lottery Funds through Arts Council England.
In I Imagine

I Imagine

In I Imagine, Aakash combines beautiful choreography with powerful spoken word as he collaborates with gifted, award-winning poet and fellow Sky Arts Academy Scholar Sabrina Mahfouz. Aakash and Sabrina explore the imagined future and the confines of skin. The experimental piece features masks made by Califronian based Circus Practitioner David Poznanter, (credits include being Aamir Khan’s personal trainer for the blockbuster film Dhoom 3), and explores the dynamism of Dance/Performance Theatre.

“I Imagine is not only a superb piece of dance theatre, but a thought-provoking one, and most definitely one for our time”. The Dancing Times

  • Choreography – Aakash Odedra
  • Spoken Word – Sabrina Mahfouz
  • Lighting – Fabiana Piccioli
  • Music – Nicki Wells
  • Masks – David Poznanter
  • Technical Direction – Sander Loonen
  • Co-produced by Curve Theatre (Leicester), DanceXchange (Birmingham), La Comete (Chalons-en-Champagne) and Generously supported using Lottery Funds through Arts Council England.
Murmur 2

Murmur 2.0

Murmur 2.0 is a new iteration of Aakash’s hugely moving show Murmur on which he collaborated with Ars Electronica Futurelab and Lewis Major. The work has been extended as a full length production. A major audience hit, Murmur is an honest view of the tribulations of Aakash’s dyslexia. There are also enhanced educational packages for Murmur 2.0 which includes post-show stage demonstrations around the technology and dance.

“With a dark stage, vortexing blue lit smoke and a nightmare of projected chalk drawings that show a bird in a cage, then out free, followed by an almost Hitchcockian raging murmur of birds on the wing, our dancer is like Saint-Exupéry’s, The Little Prince that I see referenced in the chalk drawings, his long scarf outstretched with birds flying on leashes”. Jane Oriel – Art Scene in Wales

  • Supported by Arts at Dartington, NYU Abu Dhabi, The Place (London) and Generously supported using Lottery Funds through Arts Council England.
  • Original Supporters for Murmur:
  • Supported from by Sky Arts Academy Arts Scholarships and IdeasTap
  • Supported by Arts Council England
  • Co-commissioned by
  • Arts at Dartington, (Dartington Hall Trust, UK),
  • Bora Bora (Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Centre des Arts (Enghien les Bains, France),
  • Curve Theatre (Leicester, UK),
  • DanceXchange (Birmingham, UK),
  • Festival De Mayo (Guadalajara, MX),
  • La Comete (Chalons-en-Champage, France),
  • La Maison de la musique de Nanterre (Nanterre, FR),
  • Maison des Arts de Créteil (Créteil, FR),
  • Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth, UK),
  • Sampad (Birmingham, UK),
  • Studio Programme, Royal Opera House (London, UK)