Aakash Odedra

Aakash was born in Birmingham and trained in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharat Natyam. In 2011 he formed Aakash Odedra Company as a vehicle for commissioning solos and to develop his own choreographic work. His debut full length solo Rising featured new short works created on him by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant.

As a choreographer his credits include theatre, opera and dance such as James Brown: Get on the Good Foot (Apollo Theater, New York), God’s Little Soldier (Theater Freiburg), The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad.

Aakash has received numerous awards such as a Danza&Danza award (Italy), a Dora performance award (Canada), Audience Award Dance Week 2013 (Croatia), Infant Award 2014 (Serbia), Bessie Award (Best Male Performer, 2014) and a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.

In 2014 Aakash Odedra Company presented Murmur (with Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab) and Inked (by Damien Jalet) at International Dance Festival Birmingham and in the same year was commissioned by the Royal Ballet for the Deloitte season. The company’s third production Echoes (Aditi Mangaldas) and I Imagine (in collaboration with Sabrina Mahfouz and David Poznanter’) premiered at Curve Theatre in October 2016. In 2017 Aakash choreographed for the Royal Opera House production Sukanya composed by the late great Pt Ravi Shankar and acted as movement director for Curve Theatre’s Pink Sari Revolution.

In 2017 the work in progress version of #JeSuis, was taken to Edinburgh Fringe International where it won The Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression. The show fully premiered in February 2018 at New York University Abu Dhabi followed by Birmingham’s Patrick Centre where the piece won an award as ‘Best Dance’ at the Eastern Eye ACTA Awards 2018.

Re-Search: Aakash will work with Shiamak Davar Company to devise contemporary and Bollywood movement to find new ways Bollywood style dance can be presented. Shiamak is the world’s foremost Bollywood choreographer and Aakash’s alma mater. The idea is to build a style of Bollywood which can be sought after outside of Indian audiences. Movement material will be influenced by contemporary dance, jazz, indo-contemporary, Indian classical and street dance.


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