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A moving work of drama and dance, created by choreographer Akram Khan and actor Juliette Binoche.
In-I is the story of an unusual encounter between celebrated actor Juliette Binoche and Akram Khan, one of the most talented choreographers of his generation. A cross-cultural encounter, too: France, England and Bengal meet in this remarkable staging of a tender, passionate, destructive, violent love story, underpinned by universal values.
For both artists, the work is a profound questioning of the self, a challenge that explores dangerous new territories reaching beyond their respective disciplines. "I need to reach out an unknown person inside me," explains Juliette Binoche. "Is it possible? Could we live together?" adds Khan.
The Foundation d’entreprise Hermès supported the world tour of In-I, continuing its support for the work of Akram Khan: in 2006, Khan's work Sacred Monsters was produced by Hermès Japan, starring dancer Sylvie Guillem. The Fondation's support for In-I also reflects its profound regard for the talent of Juliette Binoche. The opportunity to collaborate with artist Anish Kapoor, who designed the set, was a further enticement.
The Foundation d’entreprise Hermès salutes all three artists in this bold venture, beyond their respective spheres of activity. "Juliette Binoche and Akram Khan deliver a genuine, demanding, technically accomplished performance, reflecting core values of the house of Hermès," commented the Fondation's president, Pierre-Alexis Dumas.
Co-directors and performers: Juliette Binoche and Akram Khan
Set: Anish Kapoor. Music: Philip Sheppard. Lighting: Michael Hulls. Costumes: Kei Ito. Juliette Binoche's costumes by: Alber Elbaz. Staging: Guy Cools. Sound: Nicolas Faure. Rehearsal director, and Juliette Binoche's dance coach: Su-Man Hsu. Executive producer: Farooq Chaudhry. Associate producer and tour director: Bia Oliveira. Juliette Binoche's personal assistant, and production coordinator: Laurent Gorse. Technical director: Fabiana Piccioli. Technical coordinator: Sander Loonen. Technician: Natan Rosseel.
Coproducers: Fondation d'entreprise Hermès – National Theatre, London – Théâtre de la Ville, Paris – Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg – Romaeuropa Festival, Rome and Accademia Filarmonica Romana – La Monnaie, Brussels – Sydney Opera House, Sydney – Curve, Leicester.
With support from the Arts Council England, the Bell Cohen Charitable Foundation, the Théâtre de l'Ouest Parisien-Boulogne Billancourt and Culturesfrance.
World tour supported by Société Générale. Produced by Khan Chaudhry Productions and Jubilation Productions. Managed by the Akram Khan Company.