Until The Lions

Until The Lions

4.3 (3) · International Productions, Dance

Roundhouse and Sadler’s Wells present Akram Khan Company

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10 January 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Yep, it’s dance not theatre but Akram Khan’s glorious 2016 is vividly theatrical, taking its inspiration from The Mahabharata. This is your very last chance to catch this remarkable dance-work which foregrounds the female characters. Stories of love, death and revenge entwine in a show that places a tree trunk at its heart and seamlessly folds contemporary dance into ancient Indian traditions. I really recommend you try it.”


It’s back.

Following the sell-out success of Until the Lions, which had its world premiere here in 2016, Akram Khan returns with his universally acclaimed dance show. But this time it’s different – this time will be his last ever performance in this epic and thrilling work.

Using a powerful blend of kathak movement and contemporary dance, Khan tells the story of Amba, one of the great, unsung heroines of the Mahabharata. Adapted from Karthika Naïr’s book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, the piece is a poetic retelling of the Sanskrit epic exploring notions of gender and time in a battle for justice and liberty.

Until the Lions sees Khan reunite with some of the artistic collaborators behind his Olivier Award-winning production DESH, including visual artist Tim Yip, lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer Karthika NaÏr and dramaturge Ruth Little.

There will be just six performances of the show; this is your opportunity to see one of the most respected figures in dance perform the role of Bheeshma for the final time, in a work created for our distinctive main space.

Critic reviews

An enrapturing and expertly crafted dance, stirring up primordial emotions and, as such, able to talk to contemporary generations as powerfully as it must have at the time of its composition – as only great epics can

The Upcoming

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 11 Jan - Thu 17 Jan, 6pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr


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