Dance has always played an important part in religious celebrations and, whilst religion isn’t necessarily a strong theme in the IDFB 2010 programme, its influence is present in several of the performances taking place over the remaining weeks.
Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Sadler’s Wells London, 28 April
The monks that feature in Sutra at The Rep tonight (and last night) come from the Shaolin Temple identified by China’s State Council as being the key national Buddhist Temple. There, they follow a strict Buddhist doctrine with Kung fu & Tai Chi forming part of their daily regime.
Outspoken Weekend, 29 April – 2 May
Supported by the British Council, this weekend, IDFB 2010 presents a range of work from Arab artists, curated by Eckhard Thiemann. Some of the works to be performed over the weekend explore politics and society in parts of the world where religion exerts a strong influence.
Gnosis by Akram Khan Company, 7 & 8 May
Kathak was a form of dance used by northern India’s nomads to tell stories from the Hindu scriptures. Those stories are still told in that way and , on 7 and 8 May, you can see Akram Khan Company’s performance of Gnosis at the Town Hall. The final act in particular has been informed by the story of Gandhari from the Mahabharata.
Our Outspoken weekend is one of the outstanding projects granted the London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games. Find out more about the Inspire Mark here