AKRAM KHAN COMPANY
Was the Jungle Book reimagining process triggered by Akram's teasing how the production could, through the story of Mowgli's adventures, explore a near-future world that nature is beginning to eagerly reclaim? A world where the human relationship with nature is changing and the interconnectivity between animals and humans is becoming more complex and precarious.
Our creative ambition in reimagining the Jungle Book was to forge a compelling visual story that deftly guides its audiences through the antics of Baloo and Bagheera, the drama of the chase as Mowgli is snatched from his package, and an intimate portrait of a child and the mother he has lost.
Director and choreographer: Akram Khan
Creative Associate and coach: Mavin Khoo
Writer: Tariq Jordan
Dramaturgical advisor: Sharon Clark
Composer: Jocelyn Pook
Sound designer: Gareth Fry
Lighting designer: Michael Hulls
Visual stage designer: Miriam Buether
Art direction and director of animation: Adam Smith (YeastCulture)
Producer and director of video design: Nick Hillel (YeastCulture)
Rotoscope artists and animators: Naaman Azhari, Natasza Cetner, Edson R Bazzarin
Rehearsal director: Nicky Henshall, Andrew Pan, Angela Towler (Tour)
Dancers: Lucia Chocarro, Tom Davis-Dunn, Harry Theadora Foster, Thomasin Gülgeç, Max Revell, Matthew Sandiford, Pui Yung Shum, Fukiko Takase, Holly Vallis, Vanessa Vince-Pang, Jan Mikaela Villaneuva, Luke Watson
Assistant animators: Nisha Alberti, Geo Barnett, Miguel Maella Black, Michelle Cramer, Jack Hale, Zuzanna Odolczyk, Sofja Umarik
Voice actors: Tian-Lan Chaudhry, Joy Elias-Rilwan, Pushkala Gopal, Dana Haqjoo, Nicky Henshall, Su-Man Hsu, Kathryn Hunter, Emmanuel Imani, Divya Kasturi, Jeffery Kissoon, Mavin Khoo, Yasmin Paige, Max Revell, Christopher Simpson, Pui Yung Shum, Holly Vallis, Jan Mikaela Villanueva, Luke Watson, 3rd Year students of Rambert School.
Producing director: Farooq Chaudhry
Executive director: Isabel Tamen
Project manager: Mashitah Omar
Technical director: Zeynep Kepekli
Technical manager: Michael Cunningham
Touring production: Manager and Prop Maker Marek Pomocki
Lighting engineer: Stephane Dejours
Sound engineer: Philip Wood
Video technician and projectionist: Matthew Armstrong
Stage manager: Samuel Collier
Coproduced by: Curve Leicester, Attiki Cultural Society - Greece, Birmingham Hippodrome, Edinburgh International Festival, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Maison de la Danse / Pôle européen de création – Lyon, National Arts Centre – Canada, New Vision Arts Festival - Hong Kong, Orsolina28, Pfalzbau Bühnen – Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen, Romaeuropa Festival, Sadler’s Wells London, Stanford Live / Stanford University, Teatros del Canal – Madrid, théâtre de Caen, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris.
With the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Genesis Foundation and Angela Bernstein CBE
Supported by Arts Council England
Special thanks to Tina and Richard Fagan, Sue Buckmaster, The Coronet Theatre, University of Roehampton, Mr. & Mrs. Khan, Yuko Khan, Sayuri, Kenzo & Ayana Khan, Amanda Britton, Darren Ellis, Sharon Watson, Ann David, Anda Winters, Ella Roberts, Anna CY Chan and the students of Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts that took part in creation rehearsals and all the 3rd year students of Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2021-2022) and 3rd year students of Rambert School (2021-2022) who worked on the R&D residency with Akram.
Jocelyn Pook’s music © Copyright 2022 Chester Music Limited
Music recorded by: Singers Tanja Tzarovska, Melanie Pappenheim, Sushma Soma, Sohini Alam, Voya Zivkovic
Musicians: Jocelyn Pook (piano, viola, voice, keyboards), Mulele Matondo (guitar and sanza), Belinda Sykes (shawm and gralla)
Recording and mixing Steve Parr
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Duration: 130 minutes (with break)
Age rating: >12