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The Akram Khan Company is UK based with a truly global focus. Khan's choreography is a dazzling fusion of classical Indian katak and western contemporary dance - dance that is bold, uninhibited, intelligent, inventive and challenging. Akram Khan Company website.

Archive listings for Akram Khan Company

Work type: Dance or ballet.

We Are But Shadows - T01070336222

Supported by Darbar Festival, Akram Khan Company presents We Are But Shadows, an evening comprised of two Indian classical works, both performed originally as part of Akram Khan and Mavin Khoo's dance curation for the festival. Jwala, choreographed by Mythili Prakash, is a three-part production exploring Sanskrit phrase 'Jwala Vyapnoti Akasham', meaning 'the rising light fills space'. Jwala finds connection between death and life, between saying goodbye and looking ahead, between release and hope and between shedding and seeking. For the second work, the all-male bharatanatyam ensemble from the Temple of Fine Arts Inner Space Dance perform choreography by Mavin Khoo, I am Ravana. Drawing from the musical tradition of bhajan hymns, alluding to the spirit of Lord Rama, this new work explores three scenes from the Sanskrit epic Ramayana.
13 Oct 20Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Until the Lions - T79578918

In this partial adaptation of poet Karthika NaOther Tim Yip (visual artist). DramaturgRuth Little. Lighting Michael Hulls. Choreographer Jose Agudo (assistant). Music Beautiful Noise (Vincenzo Lamagna). Director Sasha Milavic Davies (assistant).
9 Oct 20 to 11 Oct 20Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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11 Jan 19 to 17 Jan 19Roundhouse, West End :: V242
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3 Nov 16 to 5 Nov 16Curve, Leicester :: V830272338
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26 May 16 to 27 May 16Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
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Xenos - T422128809

Following its Olivier Award in 2019 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, Akram Khan returns to the stage, alongside five world-class musicians, to present the critically acclaimed XENOS. Shifting between classical kathak and contemporary dance, Khan conjures the shell-shocked dream of a colonial soldier in the First World War. Meaning
3 Oct 20 to 5 Oct 20Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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9 Sep 20 to 10 Sep 20The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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Outwitting the Devil - T0127590963

Stirring classical and contemporary, Akram Khan Company's latest production, Outwitting the Devil examines ritual and remembering. Like Kaash, based on the pantheon of Hindu gods, and Until the Lions, re-imagining the experience of one of Mahabharata's female protagonists, Outwitting the Devil draws on the ancient narrative of Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh. Weaving the narrative and design are the Company's close collaborators: dramaturg Ruth Little, composer Vincenzo Lamagna, rehearsal director Mavin Khoo, costume designer Kimie Nakano, and writer Jordan Tannahill who are joined by lighting designer Aideen Malone, visual designer Tom Scutt and an ensemble of six international dance artists
28 Sep 20 to 30 Sep 20Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Chotto Desh - T1963728415

DESH was an instant hit with audiences and critics alike when it was first presented at Sadler's Wells in 2011. Four years later, Akram Khan Company and Theatre-Rites' director Sue Buckmaster adapted the solo into Khan's much-loved production for young audiences, Chotto Desh, meaning ?small homeland'. Chotto Desh draws on Khan's unique quality of cross-cultural storytelling, creating a compelling tale of a young man's dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. Performers Dennis Alamanos and Nicolas Ricchini share the solo role. Through a captivating mixture of dance, text, visuals and sound, Chotto Desh celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world.
18 Oct 18 to 20 Oct 18The Lilian Baylis Theatre, Inner London :: V236
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Portraits in Otherness - T1526376656

World Premiere. Portraits in Otherness is a new platform initiated by Akram Khan and his producer Farooq Chaudhry, seeking to transfer the intangible values and philosophy of Akram Khan Company to a new generation of talents. They invite four highly charismatic and distinctive dance artists to present solo work: Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Ching-Ying Chien, Dickson Mbi and Maya Dong, each embodying the echoes and primitive beauty of many dance languages both learned and inherited.Performer Maya Dong (May 5/6). Performer Dickson Mbi (May 5/6). Performer Ching-Ying Chien (May 7/8). Performer Joy Alpuerto Ritter (May 7/8).
5 Jun 18 to 8 Jun 18The Lilian Baylis Theatre, Inner London :: V236
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Desh - T1615143657

In a much anticipated return, Akram Khan performs in his hugely popular tale of home and heritage, which first opened in 2011 to unanimous praise from the critics. Inspired by his parents' birthplace, DESH (Bengali for ?homeland') weaves together stories that span both Britain and Bangladesh to create a surreal world of myth and memory. To create this very personal solo piece, Khan brought together a team of collaborators of extraordinary proportions, joining forces with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip, Sadler's Wells Associate Artist and award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook, writer and poet Karthika Na?r, and slam poet PolarBear.Design Tim Yip. Lighting Michael Hulls. Other Karthika Nair (writer/poet). Music Jocelyn Pook. Other PolarBear (slam poet).
31 May 17 to 3 Jun 17Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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19 May 17Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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Kaash - T860686264

Danced by a strong international cast of performers, Kaash (Hindi word for "if only") continued Akram Khan's quest to build bridges between the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form Kathak.
3 Mar 16 to 5 Mar 16Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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17 Jun 15The Point, Eastleigh :: V1114
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Gnosis - T0655816531

Lighting Fabiana Piccioli. Design Fabiana Piccioli. Costume Kimie Nakano. Costume Kei Ito. Choreographer Akram Khan.
19 Aug 14 to 21 Aug 14King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
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iTMOi (in the mind of igor) - T636993808

iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Khan's first full-length ensemble piece since Vertical Road in 2010 and is inspired by the work of prolific composer Igor Stravinsky. Created in the 100th year since Stravinsky's iconic Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) was composed, iTMOi explores the human condition and the way in which Stravinsky transformed the classical music world by evoking emotions through pattern, rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death. Featuring an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, iTMOi is yet another extraordinary artistic collaboration from Khan and a talented artistic team including costume designer Kimie Nakano, dramaturge Ruth Little and an international cast of 12 dancers. Running time: 1hr 20mins (approx)Music Nitin Sawhney. Music Jocelyn Pook. Music Ben Frost. Costume Kimie Nakano. DramaturgRuth Little.
10 Jun 14 to 14 Jun 14Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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28 May 13 to 1 Jun 13Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Desh - T105147926

Akram Khan's full-length contemporary solo DESH made its world premiere in 2011 to unanimous critical praise and has since enjoyed a triumphant return run at Sadler's Wells. His most personal work to date, DESH has been declared ?a masterpiece? (The Observer) and won an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. Meaning "homeland" in Bengali, DESH draws on multiple tales of land, nation and resistance, all converging in the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world. Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection. n a collaboration of extraordinary proportions, Khan joined forces with visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair, Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook and slam poet PolarBear. Running time: 84mins (no interval)Design Tim Yip. Lighting Michael Hulls. Other Karthika Nair (writer/poet). Music Jocelyn Pook. Other PolarBear (slam poet).
11 Jun 13 to 15 Jun 13Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Desh - T1785036589

Sadler's Wells is thrilled to present the return of Akram Khan's contemporary solo work, DESH, which was lavished with praise after its world premiere in 2011 and a blockbuster run here. DESH, meaning "homeland" in Bengali, is Khan's most personal work to date. It draws on multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world. Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection. At once intimate and epic, DESH explores fragility in the face of natural forces and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.
21 Feb 12 to 25 Feb 12Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Vertical Road - T01259169871

Vertical Road sees Akram Khan returning to pure movement in his choreography, eliminating the text and dialogue which has featured in recent works such as In-I and zero degrees. Rooted in his classical kathak training, but informed by his experience and virtuosity in contemporary dance, the new work continues Khan's interest in exploring the interfaces between different cultures and creative disciplines. Lighting and costume will take on greater importance in this piece than in recent works and Khan is working with Danish lighting designer Jesper Konshaug and Japanese costume designer Kimie Nakano on these aspects of the production. Vertical Road is inspired by the idea of vertical ascension - a common motif in several different religions. Other key references to ascension take place in art and literature in terms of an ascetic ladder where one's virtuous deeds on earth elevate the soul from earthly preoccupations to bring us closer to a spiritual realm. The second is the journey that the soul takes after death, climbing the heavens up to the light of God. Vertical Road will explore these ideas in a ground-breaking work of contemporary dance, choreographed by Akram Khan and performed by eight hand-picked dancers from around the world.
23 Feb 12The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
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Desh - T0686765305

DESH (homeland) is a new full length solo from celebrated choreographer and performer, Akram Khan, inspired by his homeland of Bangladesh. After critically acclaimed collaborations with artists including Sylvie Guillem, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, DESH is set to be one of Khan’s most personal works, as he seeks to reconnect with his cultural roots. Reflecting on life in Bangladesh, Khan will portray several characters familiar in daily Bangladeshi culture through his own body and voice. For this solo performance, he has teamed up with Oscar-winning Chinese visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), fellow Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and lighting designer Michael Hulls, Indian writer and poet Karthika Nair and Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook
4 Oct 11 to 8 Oct 11Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Vertical Road - T01061808293

Vertical Road sees Akram Khan returning to pure movement in his choreography, eliminating the text and dialogue which has featured in recent works such as In-I and zero degrees. Rooted in his classical kathak training, but informed by his experience and virtuosity in contemporary dance, the new work continues Khan’s interest in exploring the interfaces between different cultures and creative disciplines. Lighting and costume will take on greater importance in this piece than in recent works and Khan is working with Danish lighting designer Jesper Konshaug and Japanese costume designer Kimie Nakano on these aspects of the production. Vertical Road is inspired by the idea of vertical ascension - a common motif in several different religions. Other key references to ascension take place in art and literature in terms of an ascetic ladder where one’s virtuous deeds on earth elevate the soul from earthly preoccupations to bring us closer to a spiritual realm. The second is the journey that the soul takes after death, climbing the heavens up to the light of God. Vertical Road will explore these ideas in a ground-breaking work of contemporary dance, choreographed by Akram Khan and performed by eight hand-picked dancers from around the world.Corporate Sponsor COLAS.
19 Nov 10 to 20 Nov 10Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh :: V75
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15 Nov 10 to 16 Nov 10Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea :: V833
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28 Oct 10Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
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5 Oct 10 to 9 Oct 10Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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14 Sep 10 to 18 Sep 10Curve, Leicester :: V830272338
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Bahok - T01416380286

This hotly anticipated work, originally a collaboration with the National Ballet of China, brings together a superb international cast of dancers. Featuring a score by Nitin Sawhney, bahok, named after a Bengali word meaning ‘carrier’, explores the ways in which the body carries national identity and a sense of belonging. Khan’s dancers come from diverse cultures, traditions and dance backgrounds - Chinese, Korean, Indian, South-African, Slovakian and Spanish - and this rich mix of both spoken and dance language pushes the boundaries of movement vocabulary.
16 Apr 10 to 17 Apr 10Derby Theatre, Derby :: V1830193620
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19 Mar 10 to 20 Mar 10Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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4 Feb 10The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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Breakfast with Akram Khan - T0125189508

This special studio-based breakfast event features excerpts from Akram Khan’s new work, Vertical Road. Vertical Road is Akram Khan’s latest contemporary ensemble work, and continues his ambition to explore the interface between different cultures and creative disciplines. Khan brings together a host of performers and artists from across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, diverse in age, craft and background. Potential collaborators include composer Nitin Sawhney and acclaimed puppeteers duo Blind Summit. Inspired by stories of angels as found in different cultures, faiths and mythologies, Vertical Road contemplates their universal role as intermediaries between the human and the sacred. It investigates the notion of the Arabic word ‘zenith’ or ‘vertical line’, the highest point reached by a celestial body. Through the innovative use of scenography, Vertical Road aims to create both a visually inspiring and spiritually profound experience.
6 Feb 10Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Bahok - T01466453396

The Akram Khan Company and the National Ballet of China perform bahok (a Bengali word for 'carrier'). 'Never is there a moment when what takes place is not captivating, as the central characters of the moment meld with those on the periphery of the action to stunning, breathtaking effect, with each nuance supported brilliantly by Nitin Sawhney's stunning score', wrote The Stage after the European premiere of Akram Khan's work.
25 Sep 09 to 26 Sep 09Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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16 May 08 to 17 May 08Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh :: V75
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Third Catalogue - T1720275121

This production is the final installment of his trilogy of kathak solos exploring Hindu Gods. The evening includes the central solos from the first two parts of the trilogy, Polaroid Feet and Ronin, plus a new solo choreographed by one of India's leading in innovative kathak artists, [Kumudini Lakia]. Khan is joined live on stage by the five musicians from his previous two classical shows including singer [Faheem Mazhar], plus [BC Manjanath], the percussionist from his company's current touring show MaChoreographer Akram Khan.
12 Apr 05 to 16 Apr 05Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
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Ma - T0918209438

In Ma director Akram Khan uses seven dancers and three musicians to explore Indian musical language and its relationship to dance.Director Akram Khan. Design Illugi Eysteinsson. Author Hanif Kureishi. Music Riccardo Nova. Lighting Mikki Kinttu.
11 Mar 05 to 12 Mar 05Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
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8 Mar 05 to 9 Mar 05The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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30 Nov 04 to 5 Dec 04Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
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4 Nov 04 to 6 Nov 04Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
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26 Oct 04Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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