For the summer of 2018, Jennifer is Mass Movement Director for Akram Khan Company’s Kadamati.

In collaboration with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Edinburgh International FestivalThéâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de la VilleKadamati brings together communities of all backgrounds and abilities to experience a collective creative process across two major European cities, Edinburgh and Paris.

Kadamati is a spectacular free outdoor mass performance that gives the opportunity for hundreds of dancers to perform Akram’s choreography, and celebrate the diversity and unity of the 21st century people. Marking the centenary of the final year of the First World War, this profound and moving piece draws on themes of identity, migration, and hope, with the support of the powerfully epic music by Nitin Sawhney.

At once spiritual and universal, Kadamati – meaning ‘clay’ in Bengali – conjures up the idea that we are somehow all connected, and it is vital to return to the essence of the ritual and the body as part of a unified movement.

The work is performed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, during the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, on 22 August. Dates for Paris will be announced soon.

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