Chotto Xenos


Group: Akram Khan Company
Country: Great Britain
Age: from 7 years and above
Duration: 50 min

Chotto Xenos

How does war begin? And how does it end? In the end, it depends on who is telling the story. London based choreographer Akram Khan’s new performance Chotto Xenos has its Swedish premiere during Step 2020. The performance takes audiences back in time, exploring the often forgotten and untold stories about the lives and the fates of World War 1 colonial soldiers. By learning and understanding more about our history, we can hopefully learn more about both our present time and about where we are going.

“As adults, we want to protect our children. But wouldn’t it be liberating to see a work for young audiences, which talks about war and conflict? Premiering in February 2020, this is a performance I highly anticipate.” – Adjjima Na Patalung


About the performance

XENOS Artistic Direction and Original Choreography: Akram Khan
Chotto Xenos Direction and Adaptation: Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)
Set Designer: Ingrid Hu

Lighting Design: Guy Hoare
Music: Domenico Angarano, adapted from the original score by Vincenzo Lamagna
Sound Design: Domenico Angarano and Phil Wood
Costume Design: Kimie Nakano
Film and Projection Design: Lucy Cash
Assistant Choreographer: Nicola Monaco
Rehearsal Directors: Nicolas Ricchini and Amy Butler

Dancers: Guilhem Chatir or Kennedy Junior Muntanga

Producer: Clare Cody-Richardson
Technical Manager: Tina Fagan
Production Manager: Richard Fagan
Sound Engineer: Matthew Armstrong
Lighting Technician: Lars Davidson
Stage Manager: Marek Pomocki
Project Manager: Mashitah Omar
Tour Manager: Mashitah Omar & Mai Tassinari
Props made by: Louise Edge from LFX props & special fx
Puppets made by: Naomi Oppenheim
Music recorded with: Stefano Ancora, Domenico Angarano, James Browne, Nina Harries, Joost Hendrickx, Matt Holborn, Arran Kent, Stefan Knapik, Vincenzo Lamagna, Andrew Maddick, B C Manjunath, Tamar Osborn, Aditya Prakash, Clarice Rarity, Ciro Riccardi

We gratefully acknowledge the artists and co-producers who contributed to the original production of XENOS by Akram Khan Company.

Co-produced by: DanceEast Ipswich, The Point Eastleigh, Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Created with the support of: Capital Group

Chotto Xenos and XENOS are both commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Supported by: Arts Council England

About the company

Akram Khan Company produces thoughtful, provocative and ambitious dance productions, taking human themes to new and unexpected places – often collaborating with other cultures and disciplines. The dance language is rooted in classical Indian dance, contemporary dance and storytelling. The work continually evolves to communicate new and courageous ideas, bringing with it international acclaim as well as artistic and commercial success.


Inga Evenemang