One of the masters of Indian classical dance squares off with virtuoso musicians trained in both Indian and Spanish musical traditions at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Akram Khan, master of the kathak form of Indian dance, has perfected the art of telling stories with his body. He takes the stage to "duel" a group of musicians who are each masters of their own art: David Azura's fine countertenor; Christine Leboutte's earthy contralto; accomplished palmero Bobote, who also beats flamenco rhythms with his feet and the multi-talented Indian percussionist B.C. Manjunath. Creating an unstoppable stream of sounds and movements, the charismatic quintet presents an explosive culture clash, showing the ways that flamenco and kathak traditions can blend into something new and exciting. Originally conceived as Torobako, a dance duel between Khan and flamenco artist Israel Galván, Toro represents a new evolution of the show while Galván recovers from an injury.
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