XENOS
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
In-Person, Indoor, Performance Art
Runs Nov 12Nov 13, 2021

XENOS, a solo work created and performed by Akram Khan, gives voice to the shell-shocked dream of a colonial soldier in the First World War, revealing the beauty and horror of the human condition in its portrait of an Indian dancer whose skilled body becomes an instrument of war.

Shifting between classical kathak and contemporary dance, XENOS takes place on the border between East and West, past and present, mythology and technology, where humanity still stands in wonder and disarray. The sole dancer in this “triumph of energy, empathy and intelligence” (Telegraph UK), Khan is accompanied onstage by five international musicians: percussionist BC Manjunath, vocalist Aditya Prakash, bass player Nina Harries, violinist Clarice Rarity, and saxophonist Tamar Osborn.

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