Founded in August 2000 by choreographer Akram Khan and producer Farooq Chaudhry, Akram Khan Company 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.
DESH (2011) (meaning ‘homeland’ in Bengali) is Akram Khan’s first full-length contemporary solo and his most personal work to date. Hailed as a ‘masterpiece’, 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. For this production Khan teams up with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip, fellow Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair and Olivier award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook.
Vertical Road (2010) is the latest company work. Khan has assembled a cast of very special performers from across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. 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. It received The Age Critics Award for Best New Work at Melbourne Arts Festival in 2010.
Sacred Monsters (2006), the term was used for the first time in France in the 19th century as a nickname for the big stars of the theatre. It marks the birth of contemporary stardom in which the icons of the arts and sports world are given divine status by their audience and the media. This production is the first and foremost the meeting and exchange of two ‘stars’ of the present day dance world: Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan, where they explored the idea of living up to expectations not just as star performers but also as children.
‘fertile dance that touches the soul and lingers in the imagination.’ The Australian
‘An evening of rare intelligence and artistry.’ Financial Times
‘[Khan] is a true choreographer – someone who asks what it is to be human and provides the answers in dance” London Evening Standard
Artistic Director: Akram Khan
Producer: Farooq Chaudhry