Assistant Director


World Premiere: 12 January 2016, Roundhouse, London

Award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan announces the creation of his brand new, full-length production, Until the Lions, to be performed in the incredible 360° setting of London’s Roundhouse.

In this revisiting of one story of the epic Mahabharata, Khan uses kathak and contemporary dance to tell the tale of Amba, a princess abducted on her wedding day and stripped of her honour, who invokes the gods to seek revenge. This dramatic new work explores themes of gender and sexuality, and the changes that time forces on the body.

Until the Lions is set to be one of Khan’s most startling and introspective works to date. Khan will perform alongside two of his company dancers and four musicians.

Director/Choreographer/Performer – Akram Khan

Narrative Concept/Scenario/Text – Karthika Naïr

Visual Design – Tim Yip

Lighting Design – Michael Hulls

Composer – Beautiful Noise (Vincenzo Lamagna)

Dramaturg – Ruth Little

Assistant Director – Sasha Milavic Davies

Assistant Choreographer – Jose Agudo

Voiceover –  Kathryn Hunter

Technical Producer – Sander Loonen

Producer – Farooq Chaudhry 


Akram Khan

Ching-Ying Chien

Christine Joy Ritter


Sohini Alam

David Azurza

Yaron Engler

Vincenzo Lamagna

This production is a partial adaptation of Until the Lions, a retelling in verse of the Mahabharata by Karthika Naïr (forthcoming from HarperCollins India & Arc Publications, UK).

Until the Lions is being created in London and at the Curve in Leicester between May and August 2015. After its Roundhouse world premiere, co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, the piece will embark on a global tour.

Production initiated by the 360° Network of round artistic venues across the world.

Co-produced by Roundhouse/Sadler’s Wells London, MC2: Grenoble, La Comète Châlons-en-Champagne, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Danse Danse/TOHU Montréal, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, New Vision Arts Festival Hong Kong, Taipei Performing Arts Center, Movimentos Festwochen Wolfsburg, Brighton Festival 2016, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Concertgebouw Brugge, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Romaeuropa Festival, Curve Leicester.

Sponsored by COLAS

Supported by Arts Council England