A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

Akram Khan Company comes to Irvine. / Photo by Richard Haughton

Making a return visit to Southern California with the West Coast premiere of “Chotto Dash,” Britain’s Akram Khan Company will be onstage this Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27 to 29, at 8 p.m. at the Barclay Theater in Irvine.

Part of the theater’s International Contemporary Dance Series, this collaboration between globally celebrated choreographer Khan and a group of highly acclaimed music, text and visual artists, tells a dynamic tale of resilience in the human spirit.

Described as “heart-warming,” “deeply moving and an absolute triumph” by the European press,” Chotto Dash” or ”small homeland” is a fabled story told by two dancers, projected animation by Tim Yip and Yeast Culture, and original music by Jocelyn Pook.

Akram Khan has been making and touring compelling movement-based work for over a dozen years. Though many of his dances are abstract, physical and often based in his virtuosic Indian classical Kathak dancing, his exquisite solo and ensemble creations were recently topped by his choreography for the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2012. Though he may be visiting a little down the road in the OC, it may very well be worth a weekend drive.

—Benn Widdey Culture Spot LA

Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine 92612. Tickets are $20-$45. Visit https://thebarclay.org.