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Idris Khan in Kairos

The title for this contemporary ballet by British powerhouse Wayne McGregor takes its name from the ancient Greek word "kairos," which denotes the most opportune time to take action; its other meaning is weather. The ballet is played out to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, re-imagined by experimental composer Max Richter, and against an imaginative set by Idris Khan.

Ailey is the first American company to perform this work. Like McGregor’s wildly popular Chroma, Kairos uses walls to create a starkly dramatic onstage world—the perfect setting for his sinuous, angular movement.

The ballet premiered as part of STEPS, Switzerland's largest national contemporary dance festival, hosted by the Ballett Zürich for the first time in 2014. In 2015, Kairos was shown at the Edinburgh International Festival, receiving a string of 5-star reviews.

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