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Aakash Odedra previews debut group work at Edinburgh Fringe

21 Jul 2017

Aakash Odedra Company in ‘#JeSuis’ rehearsal, Istanbul, July 2017; image by Sean Goldthorpe

After six years of focusing on his own breathtaking solo performance, choreographer Aakash Odedra is coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to give preview performances of his first group work, #JeSuis.

Over the past two years, Odedra has been working with seven powerfully expressive dancers from Turkey whom he first met when he taught a workshop at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul. Their collective responses to the misinterpretations of their country have inspired – and continue to inspire – Odedra in the creation of #JeSuis.

#JeSuis is about lives in conflict and how the media dictates the stories we see.  It settles its lens on dancers whose place in the world is presented as unwanted neighbours from a place where human catastrophes are a daily given.

Wrapped up in issues of displacement, refuge and instability, #JeSuis is a thrillingly physical work portraying the frustrations of life in a homeland that doesn’t know the meaning of ‘home’ anymore, where freedoms and choices become a luxury and the main hope is to stay safe.

The piece is accompanied by a musical score by Odedra’s long-term collaborator Nicki Wells and lighting design by Alessandro Barbieri.

The dancers are Gizem Aksu, Yasin Anar, Evrim Akyay, Taner Güngör, Su Güzey, Beril Şenöz and Melissa Ugolini.

There are further preview performances of #JeSuis in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth as part of Journeys Festival International.

#JeSuis is performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Zoo Southside, 16 to 26 August at 8.30pm. For further information, visit: www.aakashodedra.co.uk