Scarification and tattoos have been used since old times as marks of identity or experience. Aakash Odedra’s grandmother’s body was covered by signs that ensured her protection and sense of belonging. In Inked, choreographed by Laurence Olivier awards winner Damien Jalet, the body becomes a place of transformation, an envelope marked, folded and metamorphosed by its journey through a ritualized space. The figures and drawings made on his own body reveal the inner duality of the dancer, Aakash Odedra who enters through a series of transformative stages in a self seeking quest, an exploration of the body’s limits and powers, as a way to transcend them.
Jean Paul Lespagnard
Supported by Arts Council England, Sky Arts Academy Arts Scholarships and IdeasTap
Co-commissioned by Arts at Dartington, (Dartington Hall Trust, UK), Bora Bora (Aarhus, Denmark), Centre des Arts (Enghien les Bains, France), Curve Theatre (Leicester, UK), DanceXchange (Birmingham, UK), Festival De Mayo (Guadalajara, MX), La Comete (Chalons-en-Champage, France), La Maison de la musique de Nanterre (Nanterre, FR), Maison des Arts de Créteil (Créteil, FR), Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth, UK), Sampad (Birmingham, UK), Studio Programme, Royal Opera House (London, UK).