"This is a work of defining greatness, and a fitting farewell to a stage career that has illuminated British dance."

The Guardian, London

Akram Khan
A Cal Performances Co-commission

British (by Bangladeshi descent) dancer, choreographer, and theater artist Akram Khan is revered for physically demanding, visually spellbinding solo productions which combine Indian kathak with modern dance in works of sublime storytelling. Seen here in an exclusive West Coast engagement, XENOS is Khan's final solo creation before his planned retirement as a performer. A powerful work that reveals the beauty and horrors of the human condition through the myth of Prometheus, it is told from the perspective of an Indian soldier recruited to fight in the trenches of World War I for the British Crown. "Xenos" means "stranger" or "alien" in Greek, and Khan's work bravely explores the soldier's alienation as he is trapped between two cultures in the colonial system. "This is a work of defining greatness, and a fitting farewell to a stage career that has illuminated British dance" (The Guardian, London).


Parking Alerts

Parking will be a problem on campus for the Mar 2 performance due to a Cal Men's Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Public Events

Pre-Performance Discussion
Sun, Mar 3, 2019, 3pm
A pre-performance discussion suggesting various ways of viewing Khan's XENOS, including through the lenses of contemporary dance, South Asian dance in Britain, spiritual dance, Indian history, and mythological drama. Free and open to the public.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

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Donor Parking
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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.