In a near future world, a family is torn apart as they escape their homeland ravaged by the impact of climate change. Arriving alone in a deserted modern city, and with wild animals claiming the streets as their own, the child soon discovers unlikely allies in this strange new jungle.

In Akram Khan’s new dance-theatre production based on the original story of Rudyard Kipling’s much-loved family classic, Akram and his team reinvent the journey of Mowgli through the eyes of a climate refugee.

Featuring an original score, ten international dancers and state-of-the-art animation and visuals, Jungle Book reimagined is a beautifully compelling and vital piece of storytelling about our intrinsic need to belong and bond with others, and placing the importance of connecting with and respecting our natural world at its heart.

Jungle Book reimagined brings together a stellar creative team, with script by Tariq Jordan, dramaturgy by Sharon Clark and original score by Jocelyn Pook. With sound design by Gareth Fry, lighting by Michael Hulls, visual stage design by Miriam Buether, video design and animation by YeastCulture, the visual technology will turn the stage into a magical world that dives into the myths of today.

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Age suitability: all generations of audiences from 10 upwards.

Embedded in the roots of Jungle Book is the deep threat that mankind poses towards nature. How could we explore a near future world that nature is hungrily starting to reclaim? A world where human relationship with the wild is changing and the interconnectivity between animal and human is becoming more complex and distrustful.

Akram and his team will reimagine the journey of Mowgli through the eyes of a refugee caught in a world devastated by the impact of climate change. They will tell the story of how this child will help us to listen again, not to our voices but to the voices of the natural world that we, the modern world, try to silence.

A stellar creative team will be working on this reimagining of Jungle Book, performed by an ensemble of ten dancers, with a text by Tariq Jordan, dramaturgy by Sharon Clark, to an original score by Jocelyn Pook. Bringing together lighting by Michael Hulls, visual stage design by Tom Scutt, animation by Naaman Azhari, projection by YeastCulture, and the insight of film director Andy Serkis, the visual technology will turn the stage into a magical world that dives into the myths of today.

Jungle Book reimagined will speak to all generations as a step to remind, to relearn, to reimagine a new world together.

I feel compelled to share the story – lovingly known as The Jungle Book – with children and adults from all cultures. I want to dive into the myths of today, and children stories of tomorrow. Hence, I want to find a way to take a known, familiar story and observe it through the lens of today’s children, my children, our children, who are and will become our present and future storytellers.

Akram Khan

Dans le cadre des saisons du Théâtre de la Ville hors les murs et du Théâtre du Châtelet

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