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Akram Khan's Dust is the latest production made available by English National Ballet as part of its Watch Party initiative in response to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Making its world premiere at London's Barbican in April 2014, Dust was commissioned by English National Ballet as part of its Lest We Forget programme in celebration of the centenary of the First World War.
Described by The Independent as “dancing full of pain and power", the critically acclaimed production features a 'pounding' soundtrack by composer Jocelyn Pook, performed by the English National Ballet Philharmonic.
Talking about Dust ahead of its premiere in 2014, Akram Khan said: "The piece is inspired by two things. First, the concept of a trench, of the young men and old men all going into trenches, and disappearing. The other substantial part was inspired by the women. In WW1 there was a huge social shift towards women. They needed weapons made for the war, they needed a huge workforce. I felt this shift in role was interesting. They knew they would be letting go of fathers, husbands, and sons; they might lose them. Yet they were making weapons that would kill others’ fathers, husbands, and sons. It didn’t matter which side you were on – they both felt loss and death. But in order for someone to live someone else was putting their life on the line. That cyclical thing was what I wanted to explore.”
Dust will be available to watch on both ENB's Facebook page and YouTube channel from 7pm on Wednesday 29 April until Friday 1 May.
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