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desh // akram khan

Taken from : Sadler’s Wells

DESH (homeland) is a new full length 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 has teamed up with Oscar-winning Chinese visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), fellow Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and lighting designer Michael Hulls, Indian writer and poet Karthika Nair, Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook and British slam poet Polar Bear.

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.”

Desh is at Sadler’s Wells, London, 4-8 October


gig alert! akram khan + nitin sawhney – Confluence

Awesome!

Today I get an email from the fab people at Sadler’s Well notifying me of a unique Nitin Sawhney gig!

Confluence is the title of new collaboration between Akram Khan and Nitin Sawhney.

What is it about:

The highly acclaimed Confluence fuses Sawhney’s music with Khan’s unique blend of classical Kathak and contemporary technique. Exploring how the independent stories of these two kindred spirits converged, Confluence offers the opportunity to re-visit their collaborative work together (Kaash, zero degrees and bahok) but it is more than simply a retrospective of their previous pieces. It is an exploration of the nature and fabric of creativity itself. (taken from the website)

Dates: 20 July –  24 July 2010
Location: Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London
Purchase Tickets here: SADLER’S WELL
photo by Elliott Franks
This is great news brilliant news, I’ve only ever seen them perform together once, the track Prophesy at the 2007 BBC PROMS at the Royal Albert Hall.

A stunning show, but this finale was the icing on the cake, Nitin Sawhney on the acoustic guitar, maestro Aref Durvesh on the tabla and Akram Khanperforming a contemporary Kathak piece with a difference.

Khan wore Ghungrus (feet bells) around the ankles, in order to intensify acoustically the rhythmic movements of the feet which created a jaw dropping performance!

Stellar Piece!


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