Co-commissioned by Birmingham's Dance Xchange along with many other parties, and partly devised during three weeks of rehearsals in its studios, this 75-minute collaboration between Akram Khan Dance Company and the National Ballet of China could hardly be more international.
Three Chinese dancers joined five members of the British company who are themselves assembled from as far away as India, Slovakia, Korea and South Africa (in fact, the only obvious missing ingredient is a British dancer).
Premiered in Beijing in January, it will eventually tour to 13 countries in Europe as well as North and South America and the Middle East.
Performed to a score by Nitin Sawhney, it is highly eclectic in its range of dance styles, taking in kathak and classical ballet as well as contemporary moves, some of which are quite acrobatic. The theme of the piece is itself internationalism, the increasing fluidity of the world's population, and it is set in that most random of modern meeting places, an airport lounge.
Controlled by a large indicator board which moves from such familiar travel advice as "Please Wait" and "Delayed" to the more abstract "Earth", "Fire" and "Water", this random assortment of travellers works its way through a sequence of routines which range from the whimsical (a man's unsuccessful attempts to disengage himself from a sleeping girl) to the high-energy. Spoken text figures as well, as in the opening sequence of a woman who can't remember where she's come from, let alone where she's going, and the Korean dancer's difficulties with UK immigration, which have the look of being lifted from life.
It's witty, innovative, occasionally electric stuff which looked perfectly at home in the vast space of the Rep stage. The choreographer Richard Alston once told me this was his favourite theatre on tour - is there any chance the Rep could re-integrate contemporary dance as a regular thread in its programming?