Jungle Book reimagined feels like a blockbuster cinematic experience with a powerful message for us all. It’s truly exceptional.

— The Stage (UK)

Experience this timeless tale like never before as one of the most innovative dance companies in the world, Akram Khan Company (UK), travels to Aotearoa with their latest production – a thought-provoking but magical retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s much–loved classic. 

Jungle Book reimagined transports you to a near future world, where a family is torn apart as they escape their homeland ravaged by climate change. Arriving alone in a deserted modern city, and with wild animals claiming the streets as their own, Mowgli soon discovers unlikely allies in this strange new jungle.

In this thrilling dance-theatre production, the dancers become the hero Mowgli, Baloo, wolves and even the mighty Kaa. State-of-the-art animation, narrated voiceover and a powerful soundtrack bring the jungle and city to life.

Jungle Book reimagined is a beautifully compelling and vital piece of storytelling about our need to belong and bond with others, and to connect with and respect our natural world.

Exclusive to Wellington for a limited season, this is your chance to witness the brilliance of one of the world’s greatest contemporary choreographers, Akram Khan.

There is a post-show talk on Saturday 24 February, after the matinee performance. The Post-show talk is kindly supported by British Council New Zealand and the Pacific.


Toro mai ki tēnei whakaaturanga tētehi o ngā tino kamupene kaiwhakarite kanikani o te ao whānui, koia tēnā ko Akram Khan Company (UK) te haere mai nei ki Aotearoa, me tā rātou whakaaturanga hou. He mea whakahihiko i te hirikapo, he tōwaitanga o tā Rudyard Kipling whakaaturanga puoro ōkawa. 

Ko Jungle Book reimagined tēnei, kua paku panonitia e kitea ai tētehi anamata, he anamata mōrearea e pahiko ana ētehi whānau i ō rātou kāinga i te whakaāneatanga a te huringa āhuarangi.

He whakaaturanga autaia, he kanikani kounga, he matihiko kairangi, ā, ko ngā kaiwhakaari he tohunga ki ā rātou mahi. Ka mutu pea ātaahua o te rere o te kōrero i tēnei whakaaturanga, he kōrero whakakipakipa i ā tātou te tangata kia āta whaitia tēnei mea te kotahitanga, te kauanuanu, tātou ki a tātou, otirā tātou ki te whenua, ki te taiao.


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About the production 

Jungle Book reimagined brings together a stellar creative team, with script by Tariq Jordan, dramaturgy by Sharon Clark and original score by Jocelyn Pook. With sound design by Gareth Fry, lighting by Michael Hulls, visual stage design by Miriam Buether and video design and animation by YeastCulture, the visual technology will turn the stage into a magical world that dives into the myths of today.

About Akram Khan Company

Akram Khan MBE is a renowned English dancer and choreographer of Bangladeshi descent. He has won numerous awards including Olivier and Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Over the last 22 years, Akram Khan Company has established itself as one of the foremost innovative dance companies in the world. Embracing an artistic vision that both respects and challenges Indian Kathak classical dance form and contemporary dance, it is a coup for Wellington to secure exclusive New Zealand dates in the world tour of this sought-after festival production.


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$29.00 – $129.00

Premium $129.00
A-Reserve $109.00
B-Reserve $89.00
C-Reserve $69.00
Premium Child $49.00
A-Reserve Child $39.00
B-Reserve Child $29.00

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Post-show talk, Saturday 24 February, 1pm.

Show duration 2 hrs 10mins. Includes interval

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