Binoche, who makes her dance debut in the piece, has been in training for two years in preparation. The piece also marks a first for Khan, who acts, sings and plays guitar on stage for the first time, in addition to dancing. Binoche and Khan are the sole performers in in-i, which has a set designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor and an original score composed by cellist Philip Sheppard.
It runs in rep at the NT Olivier until 9 October ahead of an international tour, which will see it return to the UK in 2009 for three days only (5 to 7 February) at the new Leicester Curve venue (See News, 2 Sep 2008).
in-i received a mixed bag of critical reaction. Detractors highlighted the “navel-gazing” approach of Khan and Binoche, many seeing it as a “vanity project”. Binoche’s newly-learnt dance skills polarised opinion, with some praising her “remarkable stamina”, providing a “gentle contrast” to Khan’s “contained whirlwind”. However, for others it was Anish Kapoor’s “deceptively simple set” that was the show-stealer - the “most expressive thing on the stage”, according to one critic.
- by Theo Bosanquet
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