iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Akram Khan’s latest full-length ensemble which premieres in the UK last night, Wednesday 29th at Sadlers Wells coinciding the Stravinsky´s 100 year celebration of this controversial piece. The preformance has already been shown in France with rave reviews.
Celebrating Igor Stravinsky, the Russian-born American composer who identified himself as an “inventor of music.” and the centenary of his legendary Rite of Spring, iTMOi explores the way in which Stravinsky transformed the classical music world by evoking emotions through patterns, and their disruption, building an episodic drama around the ritual of sacrifice.
Stravisnky´s novelty, power, and elegance of his works won him worldwide admiration before he was thirty. Throughout his life he continued to surprise admirers with transformations of his style that stimulated controversy. His approach to musical composition was one of constant renewal. Rhythm was the most striking ingredient, and his novel rhythms were most widely imitated. His instrumentation and his ways of writing for voices were also distinctive and influential. His harmonies and forms were more elusive (difficult to grasp) and Khan has attempted to venture into Stravinsky´s creative complex process whilst navigating his own questions around cycles of birth, death and transformation.
Khan says “I hope to reinvestigate this approach, not just through patterns, as Stravinsky did, but also through exploring the human condition.
A rupture in the mind, fierce resistance to convention, a death in the body, and a birth in the soul, all remind us that the mind and imagination are wild and self-generating.” Here he is fascinated by how human beings are capable of turning everything into a paradox – meaning turns into absurdity, justice into injustice, freedom into bondage.
With an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, and an international cast of 11 dancers, iTMOi is another extraordinary collaboration from Khan and his talented team, creating a world where beauty and ugliness merge to reveal how closely they interrelate.