Aakash Odedra

Dancer and Choreographer

Originally from Birmingham, the dancer and choreographer, Aakash Odedra founded his Company in 2011 as a vehicle for commissioning solos and for him to develop his own works. His style is a unique synthesis of his solid training in both classical Indian dance and contemporary dance and theatre.

As a choreographer, he’s been commissioned to create several works around the world, including an Opera, a ballet piece, and even a show for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad.

The list of artistic collaborators of the company includes the choreographers Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russel Maliphant for the show “Rising”, 2011; also Ars Electronica Futurelab, Lewis Major and Damien Jalet in the creation of “Mumur” and “Inked“, 2014. And more recently, Aakash was honoured by having the Kathak artist Aditi Mangaldas to choreograph on him the traditional piece “Echoes” at the same time as he collaborated with the Egyptian poet Sabrina Mahfouz in the creation of “I Imagine” which represents more of a solid step into dance-theatre and contemporary works.

Aakash has been honoured with numerous awards and bursaries, including the Italian award Danza&Danza, a Dora performance award in Canada, the Audience Award Dance Week 2013 in Croatia, a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship and a 2014 Bessie Award whose organization has nominated him for his second award after his outstanding performance in New York.