More DESH for your cash

Earlier this autumn, I was lucky enough to see a dress rehearsal for DESH, an astonishing, astounding one-man show from dancer Akram Khan. I’d never seen him in action before, and was just, well, flabbergasted by the physicality of the piece the ingenuity of the staging, the drama of the music. Jocelyn Pook’s score for DESH takes her work to new levels.

More dates have just been announced. Go.


18 – 29 December, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France


18 January, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

18 February, Große Saal, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Austria

21 – 25 February, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

14 – 16 March, MC2: Grenoble, France

10 – 11 May, La Comète-Scène Nationale, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

19 – 20 May, Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2 – 6 October, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

ImagePhoto: © Richard Haughton

Praise for The No-Nonsense Guide to World Music

‘A mapping of the world’s rich and ever-changing musical landscape . . . fascinating and thoroughly informative.’ Jocelyn Pook, composer

‘Gray has well-tuned political antennae, and, unlike many writers on World Music, has some broad sense of what is currently going on beyond the confines of the latest record label press release, including an awareness of radical and experimental work.’ Clive Bell, The Wire

‘Louise Gray confronts with unflinching intelligence, insight, fairness, and a keen awareness of how politics, cultural and contextual differences, fantasies and more prosaic expectations must be taken into account before this remarkable story can be fully understood.’ David Toop, musician, author and sound curator