Jungle Book reimagined
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Discover a new retelling of Kiplings classic as the Akram Khan company transplant Mowglis journey into the modern world.

Following the success of 2018s XENOS, internationally celebrated choreographer and International Festival favourite Akram Khan makes his return to the Festival Theatre, with a magical dance retelling of Kiplings family classic.

Akram Khan and his team use dance-theatre to reinvent the journey of Mowgli through the eyes of a climate refugee. In a near future world, a family is torn apart as they escape their homeland, ravaged by the impact of extreme weather. 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.

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.

It speaks to our intrinsic need to belong and bond with others, placing the importance of connecting with and respecting our natural world at its heart.

Jungle Book reimagined brings together a stellar creative team from all over the world, with a script by Tariq Jordan, dramaturgy by Sharon Clark and original score by Jocelyn Pook.

Combined with the additional insight of film director Andy Serkis, the visual technology will turn the stage into a magical world that dives into the myths of today.

A touch tour for this production is available before the 2.30pm performance on 28 August.

Supported by Claire and Mark Urquhart

Akram Khan Company

Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling

An Edinburgh International Festival co-production.

Akram Khan Director and Choreographer

Mavin Khoo Creative Associate and Coach

Tariq Jordan Writer

Sharon Clark Dramaturgical Advisor

Jocelyn Pook Composer

Gareth Fry Sound Designer

Michael Hulls Lighting Designer

Miriam Buether Visual Stage Designer

Adam Smith (YeastCulture) Art Direction and Director of Animation

Nick Hillel (YeastCulture) Producer and Director of Video Design

Naaman Azhari, Natasza Cetner and Edson R Bazzarin Rotoscope Artist and Animator

Dancers include Lucia Chocarro, Tom Davis-Dunn, Thomasin Glge, Max Revell, Matthew Sandiford, Pui Yung Shum, Fukiko Takase, Holly Vallis, Vanessa Vince-Pang and Luke Watson

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