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Mavin Khoo brings Man to Monk: Part 1, Man to Sadler's Wells

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MAN to Monk: Part 1, Man, Bharatanatyam dancer Mavin Khoo’s latest bold piece, receives its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio on Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, 2018.

Choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra, the production charts the journey between base human emotion, societal expectations and spiritual transcendence.

Depicting the trials and tribulations experienced with emotions of raw lust, possession and rejection, Man to Monk: Part 1, Man marks a performative shift for Khoo, as he seeks to subvert and deconstruct the classical pas de deux.

Victor Callens joins contemporary dance artist Khoo for a male duet devised by Guerra, Artistic Director of DeNada Dance Theatre. Stemming from the concept that desire and lust are intrinsic elements of human nature to be embraced rather than denied, Man to Monk: Part 1, Man explores this through a sensual and murderous encounter between man and god.

Man to Monk is a four year project tracing the performative shift of dance artist Mavin Khoo. Partnered with a guest dancer for two new works created by commissioned choreographers, Khoo intends the pieces to challenge both Western and Eastern ideas about dance creation through a ‘lived experience’ creative process.

Mavin Khoo’s choreography can be seen as part of Darbar Festival in An Evening of Bharatanatyam on Saturday, November 24 at Sadler’s Wells.

Man to Monk: Part 1, Man is co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Spin Arts, Internationale Tanztage des Oldenburgischen Staatstheaters and Pusaka with support from Arts Council England, Sampad, MAC, kala Sangam, Dance Studio Leeds and Middlesex University.

Tickets: £17 – to book, call the box office on 020 7863 8000 or visit

Time: 8pm.

Post-show talk: Thursday, November 29.