Akram Khan; Israel Galván; the very euphony of their names sets the scene. Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as Desh, iTMOi and zero degrees, all of which were presented at the Grand Théâtre over the years. “Israel Galván doesn’t dance flamenco, he reinvents it”, a critic once wrote. Galván puts it like this: “My work leads me to dance the impossible, transforming into dance and flamenco those gestures, experiences, stories, emotions and experiments that don’t belong to me.” This new collaboration between these highly successful artists is not, of course, an ethnic exchange between traditions, an exercise in global dance. It is about creating something from a way of understanding dance – derived, certainly, from dancing kathak and flamenco – that harks back to the origins of voice and of gesture, before they began to produce meaning.