News: Akram Khan

Wednesday 22 February 2012 by Sarah Golding

Early last month Akram Khan suffered an Achilles tendon injury and has not been able to dance since. He talks to Sarah Crompton about how this has affected his work, his body and how he approaches his choreography,
‘“Everything has to come out of my body. The older I get, the more fascinated I am conceptually with things, but my first instinct was always to move. The truth is in movement. It is not from my dancing. It’s from me.”
Now, he is thinking about methods that will allow him to bring the best out of his dancers without always channelling the steps through himself. “The only good thing about this is that my mind’s been dancing a lot. I have been creating a lot.”’

The rehabilitation back to fitness will be slow and tough, not great timing considering that he has just been announced as one of Danny Boyle’s collaborators on the Olympic opening ceremony.
‘He talks about the opening ceremony in Greece, which he remembers as an inspiring, moving moment. “I think that is what Danny is going to do. And I like the fact that he keeps insisting this is the people’s ceremony. It is made for people.”’

Read the full article in The Telegraph, 22 Feb.12

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