Review: Chotto Desh at Norwich Theatre Royal

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017 - Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

One of the delights of live theatre is feeling an audience react.

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017 - Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

Sometimes it's a loud, convulsive laugh that echoes through the auditorium, sometimes it's an almost imperceptible shift as everyone's attention becomes totally focused on the smallest movement on stage.

Chotto Desh contains dozens of those moments. Weaving together the story of a boy's childhood and a Bangladeshi folk story of angered forest gods this astonishing show fuses mime, dance, animation, and shadow puppetry into a playful, witty and uplifting 50 minutes.

Dancer Dennis Alamanos is exceptional: fluid, expressive, and yet exactingly accurate when interacting with massive projected animations and the recorded score and narration. Director Akram Khan's choreography, Tim Yip's visuals, and Guy Hoare's lighting are all perfectly tuned together. This is a gem of a show: a lush, imaginative, total delight. And you can feel every moment.

James Goffin

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017 - Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017 - Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017

NNF17: Chotto Desh by Akram Khan Company. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017 - Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017


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