"It sends shivers down the spine, and it makes tears come out" - these are reviews of British critics.
Akram Khan is one of the most famous and popular choreographers of the new generation. In just ten years the "Dancing Guru" - master of the north Indian dance form of Kathak - staged and danced a few productions, which became a sensation. Twice he went on stage with World's Legend -French ballerina Sylvie Guillem. He also encouraged Juliette Binosh to dance on stage for the first time in her career.
Akram Khan masterfully combines techniques of ancient Indian dance and modern choreography, recognized Indian movements with aesthetics of contemporary dance. In 2016 the artistic director of the English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, invited the choreographer for the experiment with the greatest romantic ballet of the 19th century, Giselle.
In the version of Akram Khan, Giselle is a migrant girl. She has already known life, but she preserved the purity of her soul. Instead of a picturesque village and a cemetery, the audience sees a tent camp and the abandoned factory. Music and dance have the oriental influence, and dancers are getting en pointe only in the second act...
Akram Khan admits that the more he knows about the dance, the more he's afraid of the stage. He scares his fans by telling in the interviews that he will end up his dancing career and continue working only as a director and choreographer. Giselle is his latest production at the moment. By the way, it has a Lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production!
Is one of the most known dancers and choreographers of the present. He began to study choreography at the age of seven in the National Academy of Indian Dance in London with the guru Sri Pratap Pawar. At the age of thirteen, he debuted in a performance that changed the history of the European Theatre – in the "Mahabharata" of Peter Brook. Several cultures influenced Akram Khan: before becoming the most brilliant pupil of the school of contemporary dance in Leeds in its history, he mastered the Indian dance Kathak. He worked with an outstanding Belgian dancer and choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. In the 90s he already makes solo performances, and at the beginning of the 21st century, he gathers his own company. His reputation is based on the success of experimental but understood by wide audience works, such as Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi, DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and Zero degrees. Akram Khan cooperates with the company of the English National Ballet and its artistic director Tamara Rojo. The culmination of his career was creating a piece for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London in 2012, which made a splash. Akram Khan and his choreography are in a “border” state – between modern and Indian dance, ethnic groups, nationalities, and geography. Choreography by Khan is multidisciplinary and intercultural. It did transform not only modern British dance but also inspired the younger generation of modern dancers in India.
Open and sensitive artist, Khan is a magnet that attracts outstanding creators from various parts of culture and of the world. He collaborated with the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographers and dancers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Israel Galvan, singer Kylie Minogue and many others.
Akram Khan has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Lawrence Olivier Award, the prestigious ISPA Award (International Society for the Performing Arts), the Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography and others. Akram Khan is an honorary graduate of the University of London, as well as "Roehampton" and "De Montfort" universities.