Dance stories of displacement

DANCER and choreographer Aak­ash Odera comes to Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth on Thursday 15th March with his new show, Echoes and I Imagine.

His inspirations have been both traditional Indian dance and stories of displacement. In Echoes and I Imagine audiences will see two differing sides to immigration as traditional danced is juxtaposed with humour, voice and stories of migration.

Echoes is rooted in the traditional Indian dance form Kathak. Both choreographer and performer tell us about the strings that connect us to our ancestors. Aakash dances across a stage invaded by cascades of bells. Tradition, heritage and roots are explored in a mesmerising fashion.

I Imagine is an exploration of the dynamism of dance-theatre by embodying three generations of immigrants through masks and acting. The result is a visceral and humorous story of migration and identity. The piece was created with spoken-word artist Sabrina Mahfouz, whose voice opens the dozens of suitcases piled on stage, unveiling heartfelt stories.

Aakash, a versatile British dancer and choreographer, made his debut with Royal Opera House performing Akram Khan’s solo work In the Shadow of Man. He had since performed with Sidi Larbi Cher­k­aoui, Russell Maliphant and James Brown.

The performance at Pavilion Dance starts at 7.30pm. For more details, telephone 01202 203630  or visit the website, www.pdsw.org.uk