From one of the world’s most influential choreographers, Akram Khan’s Jungle Book reimagined is a new, multimedia dance theatre work based on the much-loved story by Rudyard Kipling.
Both mesmerizing and haunting, this new spin on an old classic reinvents the journey of young Mowgli. Looking through the eyes of this iconic character as a refugee caught in a world devastated by the impact of climate change, the bold movement, startling animation, and video and sound design bring a new sense of urgency to Akram Khan’s reinterpretation. Jungle Book reimagined speaks to all generations as a step to remind, to re-learn, and to reimagine a new world together.
With a new sense of urgency, Khan has reinterpreted this known story from another perspective, through the lens of today’s youth – those who will inherit our world and become our future storytellers.
“striking theatrical effects, ingenious use of state-of-the-art multimedia and inventive choreography performed by a dazzling ensemble of dancers.” - South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Embedded in the roots of Jungle Book is the deep threat that mankind poses to nature. Khan tells the story of a child who will help us to listen again, not to our voices but to the voices of the natural world that we, the modern world, try to silence. Jungle Book reimagined uses visual technology to turn the stage into a magical world that dives into the myths of today and speaks to all generations as a step to remind, to relearn, and to reimagine a new world together.
“We are now living in unprecedented and uncertain times, not only for our species but for all species on this planet. And the root cause of this conundrum is because we have forgotten our connection to our home, our planet. We all inhabit it, we all take from it, and we all build on it, but we have forgotten to return our respect for it.” – Akram Khan
Read the review of the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival showing of Jungle Book reimagined here.
BroadStage gratefully acknowledges Jungle Book reimagined marketing partner, The Music Center.
A stellar creative has worked on the reimagining, with a script written by Tariq Jordan, dramaturgy by Sharon Clark, to an original score by Jocelyn Pook. Sound design comes from Gareth Fry, lighting by Michael Hulls, visual stage design by Miriam Buether, video design and animation by YeastCulture, the visual technology turns the stage into a magical world that dives into the myths of today.
Jungle Book reimagined is performed by ten dancers:
Harry Theadora Foster
Maya Balam Meyong
Pui Yung Shum
Jan Mikaela Villanueva