Embracing and collaborating with other cultures and disciplines that take others to new and unexpected places, through human themes, Akram Khan Company produces thoughtful, provocative and ambitious dance productions for the international stage.
The dance language in each production is rooted in classical Kathak, modern dance training and Akram Khan's fascination with storytelling. The work continually evolves to communicate ideas that are intelligent, courageous and new, bringing with it international acclaim and recognition as well as artistic and commercial success.
DESH ('homeland' in Bengali) is a full-length contemporary solo and most personal work to date by Akram Khan. At once intimate and epic, DESH draws 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.
Celebrating Igor Stravinsky and the centenary of his legendary 'Rite of Spring', iTMOi explores the way in which Stravinsky transformed the classical music world by evoking emotions through patterns and their disruption, building an episodic drama around the ritual of sacrifice. With an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, and an international cast of 11 dancers, iTMOi creates a world where beauty and ugliness are ruptured to reveal how closely they interrelate with each other.
In Gnosis, Akram Khan combines his classical Indian and contemporary dance roots. Khan revisits the classical motifs of two earlier solos and we follow him on a pathway of transformation, culminating in a shattering conclusion. Accompanying him on stage are an ensemble of exceptional musicians and guest artist Fang-Yi Sheu.
Masterclasses for professional dancers; post-show talks and discussions for audiences; arts management talks.
"...a true choreographer – someone who asks what it is to be human and provides the answers in dance."
Sarah Frater, London Evening Standard
"[Khan's] art speaks tremendously of tremendous things."
Clement Crisp, Financial Times
"[Khan's] works display a remarkable versatility: He is a choreographer, storyteller, musician, and international ambassador. Khan's choreography speaks the language of people who jump back and forth between cultures: the nomad, the migrant, the expatriate, the wanderer, the uprooted. People who are creating a new world, the global, cross-cultural, integrated world we now live in."
Cynthia Peck, The Vienna Review
"Now when [Khan] dances, he doesn't just tell his own story – he tells all our stories."
Ismene Brown, The Arts Desk
"Classical Indian and contemporary British dance can both appear forbiddingly obscure, but Khan's creations were at once explanatory and dazzlingly faceted, each constituent part illuminating the next."
Luke Jennings, The Observer
"...rare intelligence and artistry."
Gerald Dowler, Financial Times