Zero Degrees Akram Khan (2005)

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  • Zero Degrees
    • Akram Khan (2005)
    • Section 1 - Storytelling
      • Setting: white vertical line down the centre of the stage and two dummies lying down on either side of the stage
      • Theme of tension.
        • Feel the tension from the people wo were congregated on the bus
        • Tension in situation were Khan doesn't know where his passport is
      • Power of the guards
        • "And what I remember is there are these guards there who look very, very powerful"
        • Not stereotypical guards in uniform, they are dressed in shirts and trousers. Cultural difference
        • Expression on their face that made them seem powerful
        • Power in the guards eyes, guards feeling superior. Almost threatening by the consequences of upsetting the guards
        • Passengers were made to feel unimportant
      • Power of the passport
        • Without passport he has no proof of identity
        • Such a small item materialistically, but holds so much power in the eyes of humans
        • Feels vulnerable without his passport
        • Fear of loosing his passport completely, kept tracking where it was because it was red
        • "Its amazing how much power a passport holds" "It holds everything within a piece of paper"
    • 'Zero Degrees' - middle ground of polar opposites, in between.
    • Section 2 - Arms as one
      • Join at the centre of the white line to form one shadow, joining together to become one
      • A large use of contact.
      • Traditional music used
      • Dark lighting
      • First time that they break the boundary of the vertical line
      • Repetition and reordering of movements.
      • Polar opposites
      • Theme of searching for identity
      • Confrontation
      • Section begins in silence
    • Section 3 - Sufi and Shadows
      • Lighting and music changes
      • Use of shadows
      • Minimal set enhanced by shadows
      • Fast continual movements
      • Confrontation, inner conflict and being torn
      • Fast spins
    • Section 4 - Action and reaction
      • Action reaction movements
      • Moves like a basketball, control
      • Support of khan - lost
      • Larbi meets Ibral for the first time
      • Larbi = Ibral and Akram = Marka (name of dummies).
      • First interactions with the dummies
      • Heartbeat - life and death
      • Larbi's solo
    • Section 5 -Larbi's solo
      • Gestural and contact movements with dummy - Larbi and Ibral
      • Humoural moments
      • Silence
      • Child like movements
      • Jumps on dummy and falls over
      • Communication
      • Make their own kathak music using spoken word
      • Introduction of instruments
      • Conflict
      • Martial arts
      • Movement correlates to music
      • Tiredness
      • Repetition
    • Section 6 - Larbi and Ibral
      • Importance of line
      • Resume storytelling
      • Conversation like, less unison
      • Small moments of usison
      • Use of gestures
      • Larbi takes on Khan's story
      • Khan imitating Larbi

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