Akram Khan & Israel Galván — TOROBAKA

3 - 8 Nov 2014

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over a decade he has created an imaginative, highly accessible and relevant body of work including productions such as DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees. The multi-award-winning Israel Galván has been at the forefront of contemporary flamenco for 20 years. Galván is known for his innovative choreography and exquisite dancing technique.

“None, surely, has been more daringly innovative than Israel Galván"
FINANCIAL TIMES on Israel Galván

With this new artistic exchange, Khan and Galván have created TOROBAKA, bringing together kathak and flamenco to create something altogether distinct, defying classification or genre.

“His dancing is mercurial, his characters superbly realised"

Performed for the first time in the UK, TOROBAKA takes its name from a Maori-inspired phonetic poem by Tristan Tzara. The bull (toro) and the cow (vaca) are sacred animals in the dancers’ two traditions and represent the coming together of dance styles. Rather than mimicking one another, the two dancers seek to create something new by better understanding each other’s approaches to their craft.

A web documentary on the creation of TOROBAKA, co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and The Space, is available here.

Supported by The Monument Trust

Sadler's Wells presentation of Torobaka is supported by Theatron through the Culture Programme of the European Commission



Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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