Aakash Odedra Company
Aakash Odedra Company makes and commissions dance works inspired by human themes, informed by both Eastern and Western influences. Aakash uses Indian classical dance as a foundation to blend contemporary movement and narrative, and has won global awards including New York Bessie Award (Best Male, 2014), DanzaEDanza Award (Italy, 2013), DanceWeek Audience Award (Croatia, 2014) and Infant Festival Award (Serbia, 2014).
The company is passionate about letting people close to the work, and a number of participation sessions and talks are available on tour. Locally, Aakash has established the Desi Masti Studio to support artists and support some 200+ learners every week.
In the press
“An exceptionally agile dancer who, it appears, has no trouble slipping between styles… effortlessly multilingual” New York Times on Rising
“He combines power and gentleness, discipline and freedom in an astonishing package of vibrating mercurial energy that is showcased throughout the evening” Strait Times on Rising
Contact for touring
Contact at showcase
Anand Bhatt +44 (0)7957 148 150
The new company piece of Aakash Odedra Company premiering in February 2018 in Abu Dhabi. The ensemble company from Istanbul explore strangulation of freedom of speech, displacement, Western rise in xenophobia and media manipulation. Aakash collaborates with long time colleagues Fabiana Piccioli (lighting) and Nicki Wells (composer).
Echoes / I Imagine
Echoes choreographed by maestro Aditi Mangaldas highlights why Aakash is considered the most virtuosic Kathak performer in the world today. I Imagine is a performance piece, Aakash collaborates with poet Sabrina Mahfouz in a narrative around the lens of migrants amongst first, second and third generation immigrants.
Murmur 2.0 / Inked
Murmur 2.0 is Aakash’s collaboration with Austria institution Ars Electronica Futurelab and Australian choreographer Lewis Major, a visually arresting work exploring tyranny of dyslexia. Inked by Olivier winning choreographer Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet explores the deep rooted human interest in tattoos and markings.
Multi-award winning quadruple bill which features the choreography of Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant.