After-performance talk with Akram Khan
7 December 2012
Akram Khan is one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation working in Britain today. Born in London into a family of Bangladeshi origin, he began dancing at seven and studied with the renowned kathak dancer and teacher Sri Pratap Pawar.
After studying contemporary dance and working on the X-Group project with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in Brussels, he presented his first solo works in the late 1990s. He was Choreographer-in-Residence and later Associate Artist at the Southbank Centre London. Khan is currently an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler's Wells, London in a special international co-operation.
In August 2000 he founded with the Producer Farooq Chaudhry, Akram Khan Company, that journeys across boundaries to create uncompromising artistic narratives. Having established itself as one of the foremost innovative dance companies in the world, the company is renowned for its intercultural, interdisciplinary collaborations and for challenging conventional ideas of traditional dance forms. The dance language in each production is rooted in Akram Khan’s classical kathak and modern dance training and continually evolves to communicate ideas that are intelligent, courageous and new.
Akram Khan Company tours extensively both within the United Kingdom and internationally at leading international festival and venues, performing a diverse range of programmes including classical kathak solos, ensemble productions and artist-to-artist collaborations.
Khan's notable company works are bahok (2008), originally produced in collaboration with National Ballet of China, Variations (2006), a production with London Sinfonietta in celebration of Steve Reich’s 70th birthday, ma (2004), with text by Hanif Kureishi, Kaash (2002), a collaboration with artist Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney.
Besides his company work, Khan also created duets: In-I (2008) with Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche, Sacred Monsters (2006) with internationally acclaimed dancer Sylvie Guillem, and award-winning zero degrees (2005) with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in collaboration with Antony Gormley and Nitin Sawhney.
He has also been chosen to choreograph a section of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The company has been awarded with several prestigious honours including the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production (2012, DESH) and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance (2011, Gnosis) in the UK, The Age Critics’ Award for Best New Work (2010, Vertical Road) at the Melbourne Arts Festival and the Helpmann Award for Best Choreography and Best Male Dancer (2007, zero degrees) in Sydney.
creditsChaired by Nina Alcalay, dance theorist
Greek / English
5 - 10 Dec 2012
15 - 18 - 28 €
Concs 10 – 12 – 15 €
Akram Khan Company