Murmur 2.0

Company production | 2014

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. 

Credits

Choreographers
Aakash
Odedra, Lewis Major 

Performance
Aakash
Odedra 

Futurelab Project Management
Kristefan Minski 

Futurelab Technical
Patrick Müller / Erwin
Reitböck 

Futurelab Programming
Florian Berger, Roland Aigner, Otto
Naderer 

Futurelab Graphics / Animation
Andreas
Jalsovic 

Original Concept (Futurelab Involvement)
Roland Haring
 

Lighting Designer
Andrew Ellis
 

Assistant Lighting Designer
Clare Byrnes
 

Composer
Nicki Wells
 

Music Supervisor
Nitin Sawhney
 

Dramaturge
Farooq Chaudhry
 

Technical Director
Sander
Loonen 

Media Art Operator
Imanol Gómez
 

 

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. 

One dancer holding his hand up

21 Jan 2020 The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk

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