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Chotto Desh

Akram Khan Company / A work for families
13 - 14 August 2016
Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Fusing dance, storytelling, interactive animation and specially composed music, Chotto Desh is a bewitching dance-theatre tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh, created for children and their families to enjoy together.

The first ever family show created by Akram Khan, one of Britain’s most respected choreographers and dancers. Chotto Desh is reworked from his Olivier Award-winning autobiographical solo show DESH. It is performed by Dennis Alamanos and Nicolas Ricchini on alternate performances.

Bengali for ‘small homeland’, Chotto Desh tells a playful story of a boy who dreams of becoming a dancer, weaving together tales within tales of a son who rebels against the wishes of his father, and of a mythical child who angers the forest gods by collecting their forbidden honey.

Featuring dream-like animations of elephants, crocodiles and swirling clouds of butterflies, as well as a hypnotic musical score composed by Jocelyn Pook, Chotto Desh uses movement storytelling to explore ideas of homeland and identity, our relationships with our parents and our need to forge an individual path through life, with athletic choreography bringing together classical Indian Kathak, ballet and contemporary dance movements.

Akram Khan is one of the UK’s most celebrated and influential artists, admired for his unique style of intimate yet epic storytelling. He gained worldwide praise for his creation of part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and in imaginative but highly accessible productions including Gnosis, zero degrees and Vertical Road, he has collaborated with figures including actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem and visual artists Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley

Drawing on Khan’s own childhood, Chotto Desh has profound messages about the stories and memories we hold dear, for children and adults alike.

For children aged 7+

...magical and heart-warming 

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  • Audio Described:
    Sun 14 Aug 2pm
  • Running time: 
    55 minutes approximately
  • Touch Tour:
    Sun 14 Aug 12.30pm
  • British Sign Language:
    Sun 14 Aug 2pm


Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange
150 Morrison Street

Supported by 

Claire and Mark Urquhart


  • Touch tour
  • British sign language
  • Audio described
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    Akram Khan Artistic direction and original choreography
    Sue Buckmaster Director and adaptation
    Jocelyn Pook Music composition

    Karthika Nair, Akram Khan Story concepts
    Karthika Nair, Sue Buckmaster and Akram Khan Writers
    Guy Hoare Lighting designer

    Alternate performances by Dennis Alamanos and Nicolas Ricchini

    More information about some of the artists

    Akram Khan

    Dennis Alamanos

    Nicolas Ricchini

    Jocelyn Pook

    Chotto Desh | The Stage

    November 2nd 2015

    ...magical and heart-warming ★★★★

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    Review by: 

    Rachel Elderkin 
    The Stage


    Chotto Desh | The Herald

    August 14th 2016

    The whole piece is imaginatively designed                                       

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    Review by: 

    Mary Brennan

    The Herald

    Chotto Desh | The Stage

    August 15th 2016

    The storytelling is clear and energetic

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    The Stage

    Image: Dennis Alamanos

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    All tickets: £20
    Under 18s: £10

    Current discounts

    Under 18s: 50% off
    Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
    Students: 30% off
    Senior citizens: 30% off
    Unemployed : 30% off
    BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off