World Première: 12 January 2016, Roundhouse, London

Award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan presents the creation of his brand new, full-length production, Until the Lions, to be performed in the incredible 360° setting of London’s Roundhouse.

In this partial adaptation of poet Karthika Naïr’s book Until the Lions, an original reworking of the epic Mahabharata, Khan uses kathak and contemporary dance to tell the tale of Amba, a princess abducted on her wedding day and stripped of her honour, who invokes the gods to seek revenge.

Bringing together some of the original team from his acclaimed solo DESH, Khan wants to explore the notion and the physical expression of gender. Until the Lions is set to be one of Khan’s most startling and spectacular works to date, in which he will perform alongside two of his company dancers and four musicians.

Director/Choreographer/Performer Akram Khan

Narrative Concept/Scenario/Text Karthika Naïr

Visual Design Tim Yip

Lighting Design Michael Hulls

Original Music Score composed by Beautiful Noise (Vincenzo Lamagna) in collaboration with Sohini Alam, David Azurza, Yaron Engler, Akram Khan, Christine Joy Ritter

Dramaturg Ruth Little

Assistant Director Sasha Milavic Davies

Assistant Choreographer Jose Agudo

Voice-over Kathryn Hunter

Dancers Akram Khan, Ching-Ying Chien, Christine Joy Ritter

Musicians Sohini Alam, David Azurza, Yaron Engler, Vincenzo Lamagna

Producer Farooq Chaudhry

Technical Director Richard Fagan

Technical Producer Sander Loonen

Technical Coordinator Peter Swikker

Stage Manager Marek Pomocki

Lighting Engineer Stéphane Déjours

Sound Engineer Julien Deloison

Costume Maker Peggy Housset

Project Manager and Tour Manager Mashitah Omar

This production is a partial adaptation of Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, a retelling in verse of the Mahabharata by Karthika Naïr (published by HarperCollins India & Arc Publications, UK).

Production initiated by the 360° Network of round artistic venues across the world.

Produced during residency at Sadler's Wells London and Curve Leicester.

Co-produced by Roundhouse/Sadler’s Wells London, MC2: Grenoble, La Comète Châlons-en-Champagne, Théâtre de la Ville/La Villette Paris, Danse Danse/TOHU Montréal, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, New Vision Arts Festival Hong Kong, Taipei Performing Arts Center, Movimentos Festwochen Wolfsburg, Brighton Festival 2016, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Concertgebouw Brugge, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Romaeuropa Festival, Curve Leicester

Sponsored by COLAS

Created with generous support from The Quercus Trust

Supported by Arts Council England