Torobaka performance

Jean Louis Fernandez

About the production:

As part of the ninth edition of the Parks New Festival, the British Council and Prakriti Foundation presented Torobaka, a dance duet by Akram Khan (Kathak-contemporary, UK) and Israel Galván (Flamenco-contemporary, Spain) between 24 September-13 October, 2015.

The show brought together two masters from the world of contemporary dance where they grappled with the idea of Toro-vaca, a Maori-inspired poem by Tristan Tzara. Toro (the bull) and vaca (the cow) are both sacred animals in their own respective cultures and they come together but united, in a symbolic way.

Alongside four immensely talented musicians in the production, the performers drew from their individual roots in Indian kathak and Spanish flamenco.



Date City Venue Timing
24 September, 2015 Chennai Sir Mutha Venkata Subbarao Auditorium 7 PM onwards
27 September, 2015 Hyderabad Shilpa Kala Vedika 7 PM onwards
30 September, 2015 Bangalore Chowdiah Memorial Hall 7 PM onwards
4 October, 2015 Kolkata Kala Mandir Auditorium 7 PM onwards
8 October, 2015 Mumbai Jamshed Bhabha - NCPA 7 PM onwards
12 October, 2015 Delhi Kamani Auditorium 7 PM onwards
13 October, 2015  Delhi Kamani Auditorium 7 pm onwards

About the Parks New Festival:

Of the eight annual festivals hosted by the Prakriti Foundation, The Park’s New Festival showcases the cutting edge in contemporary performing and visual arts, by artists from around the world. 

The Park's New Festival is held in six cities, namely Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi, making it the only National contemporary performance arts festival in India.


About Akram Khan:

Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. 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’p]\., singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. 

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 Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the Herald Archangel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and six Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. 


About Israel Galvan:

Israel Galvá́n 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 honoured 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. 

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.


About Prakriti Foundation

Prakriti Foundation was founded by Ranvir Shah in Chennai in 1998 to host events enquiring into our cultural heritage and inheritance. The vision behind Prakriti was to host events that would play a catalytic role in changing and enlarging the cultural scene in Chennai. 

The Foundation saw itself typically as the moving force behind events as diverse as music concerts, seminars and serious scholarly discourse, multi-media events, experimental and protest cinema and theatre festivals. In the last 17 years, Prakriti Foundation has worked to explore identity through history and heritage, art and cultural expression.




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