Akram Khan Company

Call Box Office: 650.724.2464

Lean, thrilling and beautiful ... supremely potent retelling of the 
Mahabharata" —The Guardian

Award–winning choreographer Akram Khan brings the full range of his artistry to bear in his newest work, Until the Lions, based on the ancient epic Mahabharata, using both Indian kathak and modern dance in a tale of transformation and justice exacted by a bride abducted on her wedding day.

Rianto, a remarkable dancer personally selected by Akram Khan for the lead role, performs with two female dancers and four musicians to tell the bride’s story in a powerful departure from the normally male-centered ancient epic. Until the Lions brings together some of Khan’s stellar past collaborators including writer Karthika Naïr and visual artist Tim Yip (Crouching TigerHidden Dragon). 


The Story of Amba
On the day she’s set to choose her husband, the princess Amba is abducted by Bheeshma and stripped of her honor. With her chances for love and marriage thwarted, Amba rises up and invokes the gods to seek revenge. Read the full story.


  • The program will last approximately 60 minutes and will be performed without intermission.


One of the most important arts events of the last century was Peter Brook’s production of the Mahabharata, a nine-hour epic that toured the world in the late 1980s. A 13-year old Akram Khan was part of that company and went on to be one of the world’s top dancers and choreographers. Until the Lions takes Khan back to this source material, more than 30 years after his debut.


—Chris Lorway, Executive Director