Akram Khan

(b. 1974)

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(b London, 29 Jul. 1974)

British dancer and choreographer. He studied kathak with Pratap Pawar, and modern dance at De Montfort University and at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Between 1987 and 1989 he toured with Peter Brook's Mahabarata and began performing his own choreography as a student. While continuing to dance classical kathak recitals (in which his technical power and grace have been widely acclaimed) Khan's work as a choreographer has evolved through a fusion of Indian and Western idioms. In 2002 he launched his own company for which he has created several works including Related Rocks (mus. Magnus Linberg, 2001) and Kaash (mus. Nitin Sawhney, des. Anish Kapoor, 2002). He has also embarked on a sequence of high-profile collaborations with performers from very different traditions, creating the duet Zero Degrees with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (des. Antony Gormley, mus. Sawhney, 2005), Sacred Monsters with Sylvie Guillem (mus. Philip Shepherd, additional chor. Lin Hwai Min and Gauri Sharma Tripathi, 2006), and In-I with Juliette Binoche (2008). These duets have featured a mix of dance and spoken text. In 2008 Khan created bahok (mus. Sawhney) with dancers from his own company and members of the National Ballet of China and in 2010 premiered Gnosis created in collaboration with Tripathi and performed with Yoshie Sunahata.

http://www.akramkhancompany.net Website for the Akram Khan company

Subjects: Dance.

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