iTMOi in Auckland

iTMOi – In the Mind of Igor – Akram Khan’s 2013 production will make its way to the Auckland Arts Festival from 19-21 Mar 2015.

Imaginative and intelligent, iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Khan’s latest full-length ensemble piece — a mind-blowing dance work that showcases his choreographic genius and the groundbreaking vision of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and his most famous ballet, The Rite of Spring.

When it was first performed in 1913, The Rite of Spring, with its disruptive music and outrageous design, sent shock waves through the audience. Khan’s iTMOi lures us into Stravinsky’s complex mind,a mind that transformed the shape of classical music and turned the world on its head.

In this work, I am interested in the dynamics of how Stravinsky transformed the classical world of music by evoking emotions through patterns, rather than through expression, and these patterns were rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death. This approach is a huge inspiration to me. But in a sense I hope to reinvestigate it, not just through patterns, as Stravinsky did, but also through exploring the human condition. A rupture in the mind, a death in the body, and a birth in the soul, all remind us that the mind and imagination are wild and self-generating. In addition, to be creating this work with three different composers, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, allows us to discover many different sound-worlds, using Stravinsky as the key, the guide, the map.

– Akram Khan

“A feat of super-human movement… you’ve never seen anything like this”

***** – Time Out, Sydney

“By interweaving his own roots of Kathak and contemporary dance with the symbolism of pagan folklore, Khan creates a bewitching dance-­theatre piece that has moments of real unnerving beauty and originality”

– Natasha Warder