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Announcing the launch of  Springboard's Signature Dance Presentation Series, an evolving endeavour aimed at bringing exceptional large-scale national and international touring dance to Calgary for all to enjoy. 

Springboard Performance,
StoryBook Theatre and
Taylor Center for the Performing Arts present

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AKRAM KHAN COMPANY
(London, UK)

NOVEMBER 14-18, 2018

A m ag ic al and th ril li ng
dance theatre production
for children (ages 7+)
and adults to enjoy!

Nov 14 | 7pm at Bella Concert Hall
Nov 15, 16 | 10am & 7pm at Bella Concert Hall

Nov 17 | 3pm & 7pm at Wright Theatre
Nov 18 | 2pm & 6pm at Wright Theatre

Running Time: 50 minutes, no intermission
Ages: 7+
Opening Night Reception on Nov 14
Artist Talks & Workshops TBA

A magical mix of dance, text, visuals and sound. Akram Khan Company’s CHOTTO DESH is a hit with audiences and critics alike.

Fusing dance, storytelling, interactive animation and specially composed music, Chotto Desh is a bewitching dance-theatre tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh, created for children and their families to enjoy together.

An absolute triumph.
— The Scotsman

The first ever family show created by Akram Khan, one of Britain’s most respected choreographers and dancers. Chotto Desh is reworked from his Olivier Award-winning autobiographical solo show DESH.

Bengali for ‘small homeland’, Chotto Desh tells a playful story of a boy who dreams of becoming a dancer, weaving together tales within tales of a son who rebels against the wishes of his father, and of a mythical child who angers the forest gods by collecting their forbidden honey.

Featuring dream-like animations of elephants, crocodiles and swirling clouds of butterflies, as well as a hypnotic musical score composed by Jocelyn Pook, Chotto Desh uses movement storytelling to explore ideas of homeland and identity, our relationships with our parents and our need to forge an individual path through life, with athletic choreography bringing together classical Indian Kathak, ballet and contemporary dance movements.

Akram Khan is one of the UK’s most celebrated and influential artists, admired for his unique style of intimate yet epic storytelling. He gained worldwide praise for his creation of part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and in imaginative but highly accessible productions including Gnosis, zero degrees and Vertical Road, he has collaborated with figures including actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem and visual artists Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley

Drawing on Khan’s own childhood, Chotto Desh has profound messages about the stories and memories we hold dear, for children and adults alike.

For children aged 7+

Chotto Desh combines dance and theatre to magical effect. Its heart-warming story of our connections to the past, to family and, most important, the need to find your own path, will captivate an audience of any age.
— The Stage

Springboard’s Signature Dance Presentation Series

Springboard presents exceptional and stirring large-scale national and internationally touring dance productions for Calgarians to enjoy.  New and ambitious programming to inspire, challenge, and influence the transformative potential of contemporary performance.

Springboard encourages a culturally diverse environment that reflects Calgary audiences and the global dance community. We seek to feature and sustain innovation in the art form, reshaping the artistic landscape with an invaluable commitment to artists and audiences, building robust, educated communities who embrace physical performance. Springboard’s Signature Dance Presentation Series supports a globally-connected Calgary where people value and embrace creativity and the arts as essential to an inclusive and vibrant society.

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