Akram Khan, one of the world’s leading choreographers, returns to Adelaide Festival with a new work based on the much-loved story by Rudyard Kipling.
With a new sense of urgency, Akram Khan has reinterpreted this familiar story through the eyes of a young climate refugee who has been driven from her homeland and arrives alone in a deserted modern city. Jungle Book reimagined follows the journey of Mowgli as she makes unlikely friends in this strange kind of jungle where wild animals claim the streets as their own.
Entertaining, inventive and accessible, with an important message at its core... Khan’s choreography is powerful as ever.
Jungle Book reimagined powerfully blends dance with theatrical and digital elements, including state-of-the-art animation and a specially commissioned score, to create Mowgli’s magical world and bring this story to life.
Speaking to audiences of all ages, Jungle Book reimagined reminds us of the need to respect our natural world and invites us to reimagine a different future.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A blockbuster cinematic experience with a powerful message for us all. It’s truly exceptional.
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Director/Choreographer Akram Khan
Creative Associate/Coach Mavin Khoo Writer Tariq Jordan Dramaturgical Advisor Sharon Clark Composer Jocelyn Pook Sound Designer Gareth Fry Lighting Designer Michael Hulls Visual Stage Designer Miriam Buether Art Direction & Director of Animation Adam Smith (YeastCulture) Producer/Director of Video Design Nick Hillel (YeastCulture) Rotoscope Artists/Animators Naaman Azhari, Natasza Cetner & Edson R Bazzarin
Rehearsal Directors Nicky Henshall, Andrew Pan & Angela Towler (Tour)
Dancers Maya Balam Meyong Tom Davis-Dunn Hector Ferrer Harry Theadora Foster Filippo Franzese Bianca Mikahil Max Revell Matthew Sandiford Elpida Skourou Holly Vallis Jan Mikaela Villanueva Lani Yamanaka
Assistant Animators Nisha Alberti Geo Barnett Miguel Mealla Black Michelle Cramer Jack Hale Zuzanna Odolczyk Sofja Umarik
Voice Actors Tian-Lan Chaudhry Joy Elias-Rilwan Pushkala Gopal Dana Haqjoo Nicky Henshall Su-Man Hsu Kathryn Hunter Emmanuel Imani Divya Kasturi Jeffery Kissoon Mavin Khoo Yasmin Paige Max Revell Christopher Simpson Pui Yung Shum Holly Vallis Jan Mikaela Villanueva Luke Watson 3rd year students of Rambert School
Producing Director Farooq Chaudhry Executive Director Isabel Tamen Project Manager Mashitah Omar Technical Director Zeynep Kepekli Technical Manager Michael Cunningham Touring Production Manager & Prop Maker Marek Pomocki Lighting Engineer Stephane Dejours Sound Engineer Philip Wood Video Technician & Projectionist Matthew Armstrong Technical Stage Manager Samuel Collier
Images Camilla Greenwell & Ambra Vernuccio
Co-produced by Curve Leicester, Attiki Cultural Society – Greece, Birmingham Hippodrome, Edinburgh International Festival, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance – Chicago, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – New York, Maison de la Danse / Pôle européen de création – Lyon, National Arts Centre – Canada, New Vision Arts Festival – Hong Kong, Orsolina28, Pfalzbau Bühnen – Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen, Romaeuropa Festival, Stanford Live / Stanford University, Teatros del Canal – Madrid, théâtre de Caen, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris.
The technical adaptation of Jungle Book reimagined is kindly supported by Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.
With the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Genesis Foundation and Angela Bernstein CBE.
Supported by Arts Council England.
Special thanksto Thomasin Gülgeç, Lucia Chocarro, Tina and Richard Fagan, Sue Buckmaster, The Coronet Theatre, University of Roehampton, Fukiko Takase, Mr. & Mrs. Khan, Yuko Khan, Sayuri, Kenzo & Ayana Khan, Amanda Britton, Darren Ellis, Sharon Watson, Ann David, Anda Winters, Ella Roberts, Anna CY Chan and all the students of Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts that took part in creation rehearsals, and all the 3rd year students of Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2021-2022) and 3rd year students of Rambert School (2021-2022) who worked on the R&D residency with Akram.