Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Aakash found conventional education at school very challenging. He felt defined by his learning difficulties, not his abilities. As written language was so alien, dance became his preferred mode of expression. In Murmur, Aakash and Australian choreographer Lewis Major delve into the idea of warped and exaggerated realities. In this collaboration with Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab (Linz, Austria), Aakash explores how the misconceptions of dyslexia can be revealed through visual design, light, sound, movement.
Murmur 2.0 is a new iteration of Aakash’s hugely moving show Murmur on which he collaborated with Ars Electronica Futurelab and Lewis Major. The work has been extended as a full length production. A major audience hit, Murmur 2.0 is an honest view of the tribulations of Aakash’s dyslexia. There are also enhanced educational packages for Murmur 2.0 which includes post-show stage demonstrations around the technology and dance.
Aakash Odedra, Lewis Major
Futurelab Project Management
Patrick Müller / Erwin Reitböck
Florian Berger, Roland Aigner, Otto Naderer
Futurelab Graphics / Animation
Original Concept (Futurelab Involvement)
Assistant Lighting Designer
Media Art Operator
Murmur is 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 (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).
Murmur 2.0 is supported by Arts at Dartington, NYU Abu Dhabi, The Place (London) and generously supported using Lottery Funds through Arts Council England.