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Akram Khan Company

DESH

5, 6, 7, 9 & 10 December 2012
20:30
Main Stage
Akram Khan brings a touch of the London Olympics’ fireworks to Athens.
15 - 18 - 28 €
Concs 10 – 12 – 15 €
DESH means ‘homeland’ in Bengali. In his latest work, the celebrated British dancer and choreographer of Bangladeshi descent undertakes a fairytale journey in search of his identity and his ancestral home. Epic yet homely, Khan’s most personal work to date has been labelled a masterpiece by the critics. DESH is the first solo the award-winning choreographer has ever attempted, and he is alone on stage for 80 minutes in a state of constant metamorphosis as he unravels a mythic narrative that dissolves the limits of time and space. Poetic and humorous, the work connects the mythical with the technological, politics with the family, the personal with the collective. Working with a team of distinguished collaborators including Tim Yip (who won an Oscar for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Khan carries the audience away with him on a personal odyssey through a world both brutal and tender, comic and tragic, mythic and contemporary. A highly emotional and visually beautiful journey,  DESH received the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production (2012). It is considered Khan’s finest work to date after a series of impressive collaborations with Sylvie Guillem, Juliette Binoche, Αnish Kapoor and—for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games, Danny Boyle. 

Press Quotes
 
 “Mesmerising”
The Times, UK, 20 September 2011

“A masterpiece, the choreographers greatest show yet”
The Observer, UK, 17 September 2011

“The most urgent, beautiful and confident work of his career”
The Guardian, UK, 16 September 2011

"Akram is the king of contemporary dance, and if he played football, he would be Wayne Rooney."
BBC News, 8 September 2011

credits

Direction, Choreography and Performance: Akram Khan
Visual Design: Tim Yip
Music Composition: Jocelyn Pook
Lighting Design: Michael Hulls

Stories imagined by Karthika Nair and Akram Khan
Written by Karthika Nair, PolarBear and Akram Khan
Dramaturge: Ruth Little
Creative Acting Director: Zoë Nathenson
Eshita’s Voice: Sreya Andrisha Gazi
Jui’s Voice: Eesha Desai

Visual Animation created by Yeast Culture
Set Construction: Sander Loonen (Arp Theatre)
Costume Supervisor: Kimie Nakano

Technical Director: Fabiana Piccioli
Sound Designer: Nicolas Faure
Video: Sander Loonen
Stage Managers: Natan Rosseel, Giles Metcalfe
Rehearsal Director: Jose Agudo
Tour Manager: Mashitah Omar
Producer: Farooq Chaudhry


Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler’s Wells, London in a special international co-operation.

World premiere: Curve Theatre, Leicester, 15 September 2011

IN ENGLISH WITH GREEK SURTITLES
Translation into Greek: Yiannis Kalifatidis
PARALLEL EVENTS

8 Dec 2012

20:30 Main Stage
Free admission

ADULTS

Screening of the film "The Akram Tree" Akram Khan

7 Dec 2012

Main Stage

ADULTS

After-performance talk with Akram Khan

RELEVANT EVENTS

7 Dec 2012

Main Stage

ADULTS

After-performance talk with Akram Khan