Chotto Desh
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Chotto Desh

Chotto Desh NYC Reviews and Tickets

(8 Ratings)
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Resonant, Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Clever

About the Show

New Victory Theater presents this family-friendly solo dance piece about the young son of a cook who dreams of becoming a dancer.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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431 Reviews | 129 Followers
Magical and captivating., Beautiful storytelling, imagery, performance., I was transported from beginning to end., Enchanting and masterful.

See it if You want to experience a wonderful theatrical hour. You love exquisite dance, music, creativity, gorgeous animation, storytelling. Just go.

Don't see it if You want straightforward narrative, not willing to venture into fantasy, don't like solo pieces, aren't a fan of culturally-infused dance.

Also I found this weepingly beautiful. There are some mildly scary moments (the reason why it's not recommended for kids under 10,) but the kids at the performance I saw were involved, attentive, and thrilled by it. They also got a great introduction to dance theater and a glimpse at different cultural experiences.. This may be billed as children's theater, but I was in a party of three adults, and we all loved it.

105 Reviews | 107 Followers
Delightful, Resonant, Smart, Intimate, Exquisite agility and movement

See it if you'd enjoy a coming-of-age tale about the son of immigrants, grappling with his identity. Uniquely expressed through modern dance.

Don't see it if you *really* hate dance. I'm not a dance person but I loved it! You want something hard-hitting. This is a family show and quite gentle.

Also Even though it's at New Victory, I'd recommend going even if you don't have kids. So good!

86 Reviews | 16 Followers
Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like dance-theater.

Don't see it if you feel you don't understand the language of dance.

218 Reviews | 58 Followers
Great dancing, Magical, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see

See it if you want to see exquisite dance tell a deep and touching story throgh a mix of magical characters, lighting, music, and sound effects.

Don't see it if you don't modern story telling through dance

Also This show is not for kids only. I think it can be appreciated at different levels for adults and children (not toddlers). The fluidness of the dance moved me as did the mix of different cultures, and feeling the magic unfold as lighted characters and objects danced across the stage.

100 Reviews | 64 Followers
Exquisite, Original, Relevant, Resonant, Personal

See it if you'd love an hour-long theater about cultural differences and parent-child relationships expressed in the form of dance and amazing visuals

Don't see it if you want more dialogue-heavy shows

25 Reviews | 19 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Moving

See it if you want to be visually entertained and awed by an amazing physical spectacle, coupled with a sweet if not deep story.

Don't see it if you are looking for new ideas--the tropes here are fairly well-worn but presented in an utterly unique and dynamic way.

20 Reviews | 12 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy storytelling, whimsy, clever graphics, artful yet accessible dance, and a father-son tale.

Don't see it if you can't sit for an hour

1 Review | 3 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Great solo performance

Don't see it if Do not like solo performance

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
November 7th, 2016

"It’s smaller in the sense that it’s an adaptation for children, but that doesn’t mean it’s inferior. If anything, this adaptation is an improvement...What were failures of subtlety in a work for adults largely become virtues of clarity in a piece for children. And what Ms. Buckmaster has preserved — what must have prompted the adaptation — is the sense of wonder, elicited mainly through a beguiling mix of dance and mime."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 9th, 2016

"Mr. Ricchini skillfully filled the New Victory stage with his dancing and acting...To a colorful score and a moving narration told in the voices of Mr. Khan, his grandmother and his father, Mr. Khan’s choreography first took his stand-in to a very noisy, smelly Bangladesh...In just under an hour, a very satisfying journey enfolds on the New Victory stage, flavored with just enough bittersweet emotions to keep it from becoming the usual, cloying kiddy story."
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Motherhood Later
November 6th, 2016

"Poignant and funny, as well as universal in our diverse contemporary society, but its originality lies in the manner in which that story is portrayed. It employs enchanting animations...Some of the solo dances are a bit long, and do not hold the viewer’s attention as forcefully...Director Sue Buckmaster certainly cut down on the length of the original production, and focuses on some of Khan’s earlier experiences to make it more accessible to a younger audience."
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November 7th, 2016

"I found the solo dancer to be both commanding in his presence and convincing in his portrayal...The show itself was fantastic...'Chotto Desh' has some humorous scenes, some dramatic scenes, relatable dialogue, and a time-skipping, unique arc leading to both a satisfying conclusion and story moral...'Chotto Desh' is entertainment that will hold your attention, while making you think, smile, and even laugh!"
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The Stage (UK)
August 15th, 2016
For a previous production

"Here is a bona fide great piece of dance, clearly within the expectations of its dance audience with resonances that go deep beneath its surface moves – yet as a piece of dance for children and their families it allows the festival to explicitly programme for that audience...The storytelling is clear and energetic...Fun and spontaneity are sprinkled across the show. But all the while there is acknowledgment of the deeper element at work, in the complex bonds between father and son."
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August 15th, 2016
For a previous production

"With a Filipino mother and Bangladeshi father, yet influenced by dance routines from America, Khan begins to put all the pieces together and create his own style. All of this is conveyed through a mixture of choreography, spoken text and animation, cleverly re-shaped by director Sue Buckmaster...The animation scene, inspired by an old myth, is utterly captivating, and a sequence about conflict, beautifully scored by composer Jocelyn Pook, is deeply moving. An absolute triumph."
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Edinburgh Guide
August 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"This production brings together dance, storytelling, projection and music to create a magical tale of discovery, heritage and identity. The lush visuals and score provide a backdrop for the athletic and precise choreography in a fusion of the classical Kathak and modern dance techniques. Superbly executed, this is a fantastic introduction to the magic of theatre and dance and, even when the narrative was less obvious, the younger members of the audience remained entranced."
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August 14th, 2016
For a previous production

"An autobiographical memoir fashioned out of choreographer Akram Khan’s own childhood with an honesty that is unvarnished, affecting and thoroughly engaging...The whole piece is imaginatively designed and staged, Khan’s movement vocabulary, with its bravura Kathak spins and springing footwork is thrillingly realized by Alamanos to beguiling music by Jocelyn Pook. A delight for adults and children alike."
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