Akram Khan is one of the most original and celebrated choreographers on
the international dance scene. Acclaimed for his physicality and hybrid
dance language rooted in the ancient Indian dance of kathak, his work
constantly evolves to embrace new art forms and collaborations. In August
2000 he launched his own company which has since produced a series of
highly acclaimed works in collaboration with artists including Anish Kapoor,
Nitin Sawhney, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Anthony Gormley and Sylvie Guillem.
In 2005 Akram became an associated artist of Sadler's Wells Theatre and
was awarded an MBE for his services to the UK dance community.
In 2008 Akram Khan Company premiered two major new productions, bahok,
a work choreographed by Akram Khan in collaboration with the National
Ballet of China and In-I a duet with Oscar-winning actress Juliette
Binoche. bahok explores the ways in which the body carries national
identity and a sense of belonging. Khan's dancers come from diverse cultures,
traditions and dance backgrounds; Chinese, Korean, Indian, South African
and Spanish, and this rich mix of both spoken and dance language pushes
the boundaries of movement vocabulary. bahok continues to tour
throughout Europe in 2009.
In-I is co-directed and performed by Juliette Binoche and Akram
Khan with set design by Anish Kapoor. In-I takes both artists in
new directions: Juliette Binoche learned to dance having never danced
on stage before and Akram Khan acted for the first time since is childhood
role in Peter Brook's Mahabharata. In-I premiered at the National
Theatre, London on 18 September 2008, and then toured internationally
during 2009. In-I will be staged in New York and Paris in the autumn
In November 2009, Akram Khan will premiere a new solo work for the first
time in four years, Gnosis, which will open the Indian festival
Svapnagata at Sadler's Wells (16 - 28 November 2009). Gnosis will
feature a stunning new score from one of Khan's long-term collaborators
composer Nitin Sawhney. As well as collaborating on Gnosis, the
duo have also curated the festival which brings together a wealth of Indian
music and dance which has both a classical and contemporary outlook.