• Main Stage

Inked & Murmur

Showing on January 19–20, 2016

Playing at Vancouver Playhouse

Inked & Murmur, Aakash Odedra Company, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Kajal Nisha Patel

Aakash Odedra Company (England)

Double your pleasure with two dance performances featuring one of art’s brightest contemporary lights. Heralded as “a highly interesting young creative voice that we should all be watching out for” (theartsdesk.com), Aakash Odedra is an award-winning British contemporary dancer trained in the Indian classical forms of kathak and bharata natyam. In this double bill he uses dance to explore issues that vex us all, focusing on conceptions and misconceptions of identity.

In Inked, created by choreographer Damien Jalet, Odedra evokes the tattoos that his grandmother used to mark herself, creating an identity that was both assertive and protective. With precision and wonderful creativity, the performer shifts shapes and creates symbols with his body, wowing us with nothing more than black ink and his own resources. It’s an enthralling performance, and one not without its share of wit.

In Murmur, his collaboration with choreographer Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab, Odedra explores his diagnosis of dyslexia using light, sound and movement. Holding our distorted perspective on the “disorder” up to scrutiny, he uses his body to go beyond words and their entrapments. It’s performance as liberation, moving us from the prison of discourse to the freedom of life beyond language.

Demonstrates the greatness of what’s to come within the genre of dance theatre.



Inked & Murmur, Aakash Odedra Company, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Sean Goldthorpe
Inked & Murmur, Aakash Odedra Company, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Sean Goldthorpe

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Vancouver Playhouse

600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver


January 19–20
60 minutes (plus intermission)



Price level 1: $40 Early bird / $45 Regular
Price level 2: $31 Early bird / $36 Regular

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Post-show talk
January 20

Inked: Choreographer: Damien Jalet | Performer: Aakash Odedra | Assistant Choreographer: Aimilios Arapoglou | Composer: Loscil | Lighting Designer: Fabiana Piccioli | Costumier: Jean Paul Lespagnard | Murmur: Choreographers: Aakash Odedra & Lewis Major | Performer: Aakash Odedra | Lighting Designer: Andrew Ellis | Assistant Lighting Designer: Clare Byrnes | Composer: Nicki Wells | Music Supervisor: Nitin Sawhney | Dramaturge: Farooq Chaudhry | User Interface Development: Leon Trimble | Technical Director: Sander Loonen | Video Engineer: Imanol Gomez | Video Technology Development: Ars Electronica Futurelab

Co-Produced By Arts At Dartington & Dartington Hall Trust (UK), Bora Bora (Denmark), Centre Des Arts D’enghien-Les- Bains (France), ThéAtre Firmin-GéMier/La Piscine (France), Curve Theatre (UK), Dancexchange (UK), La ComèTe, ScèNe Nationale De ChâLons-En-Champagne (France), Maison De La Musique De Nanterre (France), Maison Des Arts De CréTeil (France), Pavilion Dance South West (UK), Sampad (UK), Studio Programme, The Royal Ballet (UK), Festival Cultural De Mayo (Mexico) | Supported By Sky Academy Arts Scholarships In Association With Ideastap | Supported By Arts Council England | Aakash Odedra Company Is Represented By Quaternaire