Akram Khan & Israel Galván

Incarnation of sacred dances ---
Akram Khan & Israel Galván.  An uncompromising duet by two charismatic, uniquely talented dance artists, of whom one is rooted in Indian kathak tradition and the other in flamenco. 
This is a dance about human desire - a desire for dancing !!

May.7.2016 / 3:00pm
May.8.2016 / 3:00pm

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Jan.30.2016 / 10:00am-


Jan.24.2016 / 10:00am-


Akram Khan; Israel Galván; Khan; Galván; the very euphony of their names sets the scene. Dance before it became art. This transition, this intermediary space, this interstice is where they operate.

This is not, of course, an ethnic exchange between traditions, an exercise in global dance. It is about creating something from a way of understanding dance – derived, certainly, from dancing kathak and flamenco – that harks back to the origins of voice and of gesture, before they began to produce meaning. Mimesis rather than mimicry.

The hunter, lost in the countryside, imitates the gait of the animal he has come to hunt. Words are yet to be defined, guttural sounds which are understood almost as if they were orders, acts of command. Every part of the body is expressive, movements are read, they have a function. Torobaka!

Nor is there any need for primitivism. In one of the rehearsals Khan and Galván grappled with Toto-vaca, a Maori-inspired phonetic poem by Tristan Tzara. It was automatic. The bull (toro) and the cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ two traditions, but united, profaned (in the original sense of the word, to restore things to their common use), in an unconstrained dadaist poem.

Israel Galván and Akram Khan. This is what it is about, dancing without compromise and for the audience to go on perceiving it as art.

— Pedro G. Romero, January 2014



May.7.2016 / 3:00pm
May.8.2016 / 3:00pm

*Door opens 30mins prior to the show.
*Please make sure to arrive in time - latecomers may not be able to enter once the show starts.


Approx. 60mins without intermission


Saitama Arts Theater / Main Theater

Created & Performed by

Akram Khan & Israel Galván

Akram Khan is one of the UK's most celebrated and respected dance artists. In just over a decade he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the cultural arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.
An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographer/dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney and Jocelyn Pook.
Khan's work is recognised as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist "who speaks tremendously of tremendous things", a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim.
Khan has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and the Critics' Circle National Dance Award. Khan was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Honorary Graduate of Roehampton and De Montfort
Universities, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban.
Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler’s Wells, London in a special international cooperation.

Israel Galván de los Reyes was awarded the National Dance Prize 2005, "Creation" section, by the Culture Department of the Spanish Government, for "his capacity to generate a new creation in an art such as flamenco without forgetting the real roots that have sustained it to the present day and that make of it a universal genre". In 2012 he was honored with the New York Bessie Performance Award for an Outstanding Production and the Fine Arts Medal awarded by the Council of Ministers of Spanish Government.
Son of sevillian bailaores Jose Galván and Eugenia de Los Reyes, he naturally grew up within the atmosphere of tablaos, fiestas and flamenco dance academies, where he used to accompany his father. But it was only in 1990 that he really felt like becoming a dancer.
In 1994, he joined the Compañía Andaluza de Danza, directed by Mario Maya, and this was the beginning of an unstoppable career that would bring him the most important awards in flamenco (and) dance.
He has done many collaborations in projects of very different nature and with very different artists such as Enrique Morente, Manuel Soler, Pat Metheny, Vicente Amigo and Lagartija Nick.
In 1998 Israel premiered ¡Mira! / Los Zapatos Rojos, his first creation. Praised by all the critics as a stroke of genius, it was effectively a revolution in the entire conception of flamenco shows.
Since then he has presented productions such as La Metamorfosis, Galvánicas, Arena, La Edad De Oro, Tábula Rasa, Solo, El Final De Este Estado De Cosas - Redux, Israel vs Los 3000, La Curva and Lo Real/Le Réel/The Real. He has also created La Francesa and Pastora for his sister Pastora Galván.
Galván is an Associate Artist of Théâtre de la Ville Paris and Mercat de les Flors Barcelona.

Presented by

Saitama Arts Foundation

In cooperation with
British Council
Supported by

Embajada de España, Instituto Cervantes, Asociacion Nipona de Flamenco


Childcare services for 2 year-old and older children are available during the performance presented by the Foundation. Reservation is necessary by one week before the performance. Please contact COMAAM.
Tel: 048-256-1666 (9am-6pm except Sat, Sun, and Holiday)
1,000 yen / a child




S  6,000yen  A 4,000yen
U25* S 3,500yen  A 2,000yen
SAFMembers  S 5,400yen  A 3,600yen

*Ages 25 and under/Proof of eligibility must be shown for U25 concessions at the entrance of the theater/hall on the day of the performance.
*Please understand children under school age NOT allowed for entry.

Please note:
A seats (1st floor side balcony, and 2nd floor) may have an impeded view of certain scenes.  About one third of the stage view may be impeded in the 1st & 2nd floor side balcony seats in particular.


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