Chotto Xenos for Schools

How does war begin? And how does it end? Perhaps the answer depends on who’s telling the story.

About the Show

Chotto Xenos is inspired by Akram Khan’s solo show XENOS, and created by Sue Buckmaster who directed Chotto Desh, both of which drew huge acclaim at the International Festival. Chotto Xenos visits the untold stories of colonial soldiers during the First World War. This tender yet epic story probes profound issues relevant for young audience members.

Khan is one of the UK’s most influential choreographers, thanks to his flair for creating compelling narrative works. His accessible, deeply relevant productions combine influences from the Indian classical dance form kathak and contemporary dance.

Teaching Resources

To support you to explore Chotto Xenos with your class, Akram Khan Company have created a teaching dossier which expands on the historical context of the performance and allows your class to explore the themes through discussion, movement, and making. The resource also contains guidance on how to relate this learning to the Curriculum for Excellence at Second Level in Broad General Education.

Download the Teaching Dossier here.

Continued Professional Development

We are also pleased to be working with Akram Khan Company to deliver digital CPD sessions for teachers across Scotland to support you in facilitating activity around Chotto Xenos.

The dates for these CPD sessions are:

  • Friday 10 September, 4pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 29 September, 4pm-5pm
  • Friday 5 November, 2:30-3:30pm
  • Friday 5 November, 4pm-5pm

If you are interested in signing up for the Chotto Xenos Teachers’ CDP please complete this form.

Film Credits

Akram Khan Choreographer
Sue Buckmaster
Director & Adaptation
Ingrid Hu
Set Designer
Guy Hoare
Lighting Designer
Lucy Cash
Film & Projection Designer
Domenico Angarano
Vincenzo Lamagna
Original Music
Phil Wood & Domenico Angarano
Sound Design
Kimie Nakano
Costume Designer
Kennedy Junior Muntanga Performer