Acclaimed choreographer Aakash Odedra will bring his contemporary dance show called #JeSuis to the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) from February 7 to 9.
Working with a group of Turkish dancers, the show tackles issues including refuge, instability and displacement — both politically and geographically — and explores the frustrations of life in homelands under conflict. The performance is one of the closing events of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration, held in partnership with the British Council.
Born in Birmingham UK, Odedra has performed his self-crafted dance technique across the globe, being commissioned to create work in New York, Croatia, Canada, Italy and even for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad. He founded the Akash Odedra Company in 2011, and #JeSuis is the first group piece he is choreographing for his own company.
“It is a great pleasure to be working in an environment with people from all corners of the world; I feel this diversity will allow for platforms of positive discourse to take place through our medium of dance-theatre,” said Odedra. “#JeSuis touches on issues that affect us all as humans, it is a piece about those plights that have not been “hashtagged” by the mainstream media. Amid our times of war; our hope for the future is for spiritual uplift that embraces every person around the globe.”
Tickets, priced at Dh105 and Dh52 (for students), are available online.