Chotto Xenos Preview

Words: Thi Cordell
Thursday 05 May 2022
reading time: min, words

We take a look at celebrated dance artist Akram Khan’s latest production, Chotto Xenos, ahead of its arrival at Lakeside Arts this Sunday 8 May. Focussing on the untold stories of colonial soldiers in World War One, it promises to be a thought-provoking yet family-friendly affair.


Akram Khan is one of today's most celebrated dance artists, with a reputation built on the success of his deeply imaginative, accessible and profoundly moving productions. This Sunday 8 May he’s bringing his latest show, Chotto Xenos, to the University of Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts - one of Nottingham’s most picturesque theatre locations.

Inspired by Khan’s award winning final full-length solo show XENOS, Chotto Xenos approaches the show for younger audiences. Sue Buckmaster, Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites and creator of the highly successful Chotto Desh reimagines Khan’s remarkable performance, intertwining Khan’s remarkable choreography with lighting design by Guy Hoare, costumes by Kimberly Nakano, and tender, evocative visuals by Lucy Cash. Mounted on a set by Ingrid Hu, the show incorporates Domenico Angarano’s stirring original music, inspired by Vincenzo Lamagna’s score for XENOS.

This fifty minute family production aims to take audiences back in time and shine light on our present and our future, through exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of the colonial soldiers of World War One. How does war begin? And how does it end? It depends who’s telling the story. 

Chotto Xenos is suitable for anyone over the age of eight, with tickets starting at £11.

Book tickets via the Lakeside Arts website

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