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Akram Khan Company

Akram Khan Company is led by award-winning choreographer Akram Khan. The company creates bold and challenging dance that fuses the classical traditions of Kathak with contemporary dance. It runs a global touring programme and also provides training and development opportunities for company artists. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £225,000
  • 2013-2014: £225,000
  • 2014-2015: £225,000

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TOROBAKA first trailer - Akram Khan & Israel Galván

TOROBAKA Akram Khan & Israel Galván World Premiere 2 June 2014 MC2: Grenoble (France) Akram Khan; Israel Galván; Khan; Galván; the very euphony of their names sets the scene. Dance before it became art. This transition, this intermediary space, this interstice is where they operate. This is not, of course, an ethnic exchange between traditions, an exercise in global dance. It is about creating something from a way of understanding dance -- derived, certainly, from dancing kathak and flamenco -- that harks back to the origins of voice and of gesture, before they began to produce meaning. Mimesis rather than mimicry. The hunter, lost in the countryside, imitates the gait of the animal he has come to hunt. Words are yet to be defined, guttural sounds which are understood almost as if they were orders, acts of command. Every part of the body is expressive, movements are read, they have a function. Torobaka! Nor is there any need for primitivism. In one of the rehearsals Khan and Galván grappled with Toto-vaca, a Maori-inspired phonetic poem by Tristan Tzara. It was automatic. The bull (toro) and the cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers' two traditions, but united, profaned (in the original sense of the word, to restore things to their common use), in an unconstrained dadaist poem. Israel Galván and Akram Khan. This is what it is about, dancing without compromise and for the audience to go on perceiving it as art. —Pedro G. Romero, January 2014 Artistic Directors/Choreographers/Performers: Akram Khan and Israel Galván With live musicians on stage Lighting Designer: Michael Hulls Costume Designer: Kimie Nakano Production Manager: Fabiana Piccioli Rehearsal Director: Jose Agudo Producers: Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones) Co-produced by MC2: Grenoble, Sadler's Wells London, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Festival Montpellier Danse 2015, Onassis Cultural Centre -- Athens, Esplanade -- Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Prakriti Foundation, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam / Flamenco Biennale, Concertgebouw Brugge, HELLERAU -- European Center for the Arts Dresden, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Romaeuropa Festival Sponsored by COLAS

iTMOi OFF - Akram Khan Company

The making of iTMOi. Filmed at MC2: Grenoble in November 2012 and May 2013 Recorded and edited by Maxime Dos

iTMOi trailer feat. Akram

iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Akram Khan's latest full-length ensemble piece since Vertical Road (2010). 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. Khan says "I hope to reinvestigate this approach, not just through patterns, as Stravinsky did, but also through exploring the human condition. A rupture in the mind, fierce resistance to convention, a death in the body, and a birth in the soul, all remind us that the mind and imagination are wild and self- generating." Here he is fascinated by how human beings are capable of turning everything into a paradox -- meaning turns into absurdity, justice into injustice, freedom into bondage. "In addition, to be creating this work with three different composers allows us to discover many different sound worlds, using Stravinsky as the key, the guide, the map." With an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, and an international cast of 11 dancers, iTMOi is another extraordinary artistic collaboration from Khan and his talented team, creating a world where beauty and ugliness are ruptured to reveal how closely they interrelate with each other. World Premiere: 14 May 2013, MC2: Grenoble, France / UK Premiere: 28 May 2013, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London / Paris Premiere: 24 June 2013, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Artistic Director/Choreographer - Akram Khan Composers - Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost Producer - Farooq Chaudhry Material devised and performed by Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Ching-Ying Chien, Denis 'Kooné' Kuhnert, Hannes Langolf, Yen-Ching Lin, TJ Lowe, Christine Joy Ritter, Catherine Schaub Abkarian, Nicola Monaco and Blenard Azizaj Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano / Lighting Designer - Fabiana Piccioli / Scenographer - Matt Deely / Dramaturge - Ruth Little / Researcher - Joel Jenkins / Choreographic Assistants - Andrej Petrovic and Jose Agudo / Set Development and Construction - Sander Loonen and Firma Smits / Sound Designer - Nicolas Faure / Associate Producer - Bia Oliveira / Project Manager - Céline Gaubert / Tour Manager - Marek Pomocki Akram Khan Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes in the making of costumes. Produced during residency at Mc2: Grenoble Sponsored by COLAS Co-produced by Sadler's Wells London, MC2: Grenoble, HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Supported by Arts Council England Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler's Wells, London in a special international co-operation.

iTMOi final trailer - Akram Khan Company

iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Akram Khan's latest full-length ensemble piece since Vertical Road (2010). 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. Khan says "I hope to reinvestigate this approach, not just through patterns, as Stravinsky did, but also through exploring the human condition. A rupture in the mind, fierce resistance to convention, a death in the body, and a birth in the soul, all remind us that the mind and imagination are wild and self- generating." Here he is fascinated by how human beings are capable of turning everything into a paradox -- meaning turns into absurdity, justice into injustice, freedom into bondage. "In addition, to be creating this work with three different composers allows us to discover many different sound worlds, using Stravinsky as the key, the guide, the map." With an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, and an international cast of 11 dancers, iTMOi is another extraordinary artistic collaboration from Khan and his talented team, creating a world where beauty and ugliness are ruptured to reveal how closely they interrelate with each other. World Premiere: 14 May 2013, MC2: Grenoble, France / UK Premiere: 28 May 2013, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London / Paris Premiere: 24 June 2013, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Artistic Director/Choreographer - Akram Khan Composers - Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost Producer - Farooq Chaudhry Material devised and performed by Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Ching-Ying Chien, Sung Hoon Kim, Denis 'Kooné' Kuhnert, Hannes Langolf, Yen-Ching Lin, TJ Lowe, Christine Joy Ritter, Catherine Schaub Abkarian and Andrej Petrovic/Jose Agudo/Nicola Monaco Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano / Lighting Designer - Fabiana Piccioli / Scenographer - Matt Deely / Dramaturge - Ruth Little / Researcher - Joel Jenkins / Choreographic Assistants - Andrej Petrovic and Jose Agudo / Set Development and Construction - Sander Loonen and Firma Smits / Sound Designer - Nicolas Faure / Associate Producer - Bia Oliveira / Project Manager - Céline Gaubert / Tour Manager - Marek Pomocki Akram Khan Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes in the making of costumes. Produced during residency at Mc2: Grenoble Sponsored by COLAS Co-produced by Sadler's Wells London, MC2: Grenoble, HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Supported by Arts Council England Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler's Wells, London in a special international co-operation.

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iTMOi, Akram Khan Company - first trailer

iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Akram Khan's first full-length ensemble piece since Vertical Road in 2010, commemorating the centenary of Igor Stravinsky's legendary The Rite of Spring. New full-length work with original score World Premiere: 14 May 2013, MC2: Grenoble / London Premiere: 28 May 2013, Sadler's Wells / Paris Premiere: 24 June 2013, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Artistic Director/Choreographer - Akram Khan Composers - Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost "In this work, I am interested in the dynamics of how Stravinsky transformed the classical world of music by evoking emotions through patterns, rather than through expression, and these patterns were rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death. This approach is a huge inspiration to me. But in a sense I hope to reinvestigate it, not just through patterns, as Stravinsky did, but also through exploring the human condition. A rupture in the mind, a death in the body, and a birth in the soul, all remind us that the mind and imagination are wild and self-generating. In addition, to be creating this work with three different composers, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, allows us to discover many different sound-worlds, using Stravinsky as the key, the guide, the map." Akram Khan Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano / Lighting Designer - Fabiana Piccioli / Scenographer - Matt Deely / Dramaturge - Ruth Little / Researcher - Joel Jenkins / Choreographic Assistants - Andrej Petrovic and Jose Agudo / Producer - Farooq Chaudhry / Associate Producer - Bia Oliveira Dancers - Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Ching-Ying Chien, Téo Fdida, Sung Hoon Kim, Denis 'Kooné' Kuhnert, Hannes Langolf, Yen-Ching Lin, TJ Lowe, Christine Joy Ritter, Catherine Schaub Abkarian Sponsored by COLAS Co-produced by Sadler's Wells London, MC2: Grenoble, HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Costume making supported by the Centre Dramatique National des Alpes Supported by Arts Council England

DESH - official trailer

DESH is a new full-length contemporary solo and the most personal work to date from celebrated choreographer and performer, Akram Khan. DESH meaning 'homeland' in Bengali, 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. 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 in the rhythms of labour, in dream and story, and in transformation and survival. For this production, Khan teams up with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (Production Designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), fellow Sadler's Wells Associate Artist lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair and Olivier award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook. 'Those transparent Dacca gauzes known as woven air, running water, evening dew.' (Agha Shahid Ali)

DESH trailer, Akram Khan Company

DESH is a new full-length contemporary solo and the most personal work to date from celebrated choreographer and performer, Akram Khan. DESH meaning 'homeland' in Bengali, 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. 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 in the rhythms of labour, in dream and story, and in transformation and survival. For this production, Khan teams up with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (Production Designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), fellow Sadler's Wells Associate Artist lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair and Olivier award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook. DESH trailer by Moonspun Films Limited.

The Six Seasons - DESH documentary, Akram Khan

World premiere: 15 Sept 2011, Curve Theatre, Leicester London premiere: 4 Oct 2011, Sadler's Wells, London DESH (homeland) is a new full length contemporary 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 teams up with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (Production Designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), fellow Sadler's Wells Associate Artist lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair and Olivier award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook. DESH will explore the idea of transformation -- of body, land, identity and memory, while examining the contradictions of Khan's own British -- Asian identity. In Khan's own words: "I am searching for a story that addresses both the tragedy and comedy of life in Bangladesh." 'Those transparent Dacca gauzes known as woven air, running water, evening dew.' (Agha Shahid Ali)

Vertical Road, Akram Khan Company, 3 min excerpt

Vertical Road is Akram Khan's latest contemporary ensemble work. Khan has assembled a cast of very special performers from across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. With a specially commissioned score by long-term collaborator composer, Nitin Sawhney, Vertical Road draws inspiration from the Sufi tradition and the Persian poet and philosopher Rumi. Exploring man's earthly nature, his rituals and the consequences of human actions, Vertical Road becomes a meditation on the journey from gravity to grace.

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