Friday 11 July 2014 - 20:00 to Saturday 12 July 2014 - 23:59
Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden

Photo Copyright: Jean-Louis Fernandez

German Premiere / Co-production  

Akram Khan; Israel 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 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 bull (toro) and the cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ two traditions, but united, profaned 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.


Co-produced by MC2: Grenoble, Sadler’s Wells London, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Festival Montpellier Danse 2015, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Prakriti Foundation, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / Flamenco Biennale, Concertgebouw Brugge, HELLERAU Festspielhaus European Center for the Arts Dresden, St. Pölten, Romaeuropa Festival. Sponsored by COLAS.

Supported by The British Council. 

Tickets: 19 Euro (reduced rate: 10 Euro)