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In this partial adaptation of poet Karthika Naïr’s award-winning book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, an original reworking of the epic Mahabharata, Akram 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.

In an epic theatrical piece, Khan explores the notion and the physical expression of gender, bringing together some of the stellar artistic team behind his solo DESH: writer Karthika Naïr, visual artist Tim Yip, lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturg

Ruth Little.


"Smoke rises insistently through cracks in it, filling the entire space, while Michael Hulls’s lighting is as beautiful as it is meticulous, never better than when it is framing the performers in a kind of luminous cage."

– Mark Monahan, The Telegraph

"..beautifully lighted by Michael Hulls, with swirling mist seen within a luminous cage projected from high above."

– Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times

"Michael Hulls’ unerring ability to achieve just the right atmosphere through the flexibility of his lighting designs hits the bulls-eye, once more."

– Graham Watts, London Dance

"The vaporous smoke rising through its cracks makes Michael Hulls’s lighting almost tangible."

– Louise Levene, Financial Times

"Atmospheric lighting by Michael Hulls, concentric circles of light delineate the empty space" 

– Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide

"smoke rises and lights shine out of them like subterranean fire"

– Hanna Weibye, TheArtsDesk



Akram Khan

Narrative Concept/Scenario/Text

Karthika Naïr

Visual Design

Tim Yip

Lighting Design

Michael Hulls

Original Music Score composed by

Vincenzo Lamagna, in collaboration with Sohini Alam, David Azurza, Yaron

Engler, Akram Khan, Joy Alpuerto Ritter



Ruth Little


Jean Louis Fernandez

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