Akram Khan Company
In his latest choreography, Akram Khan reflects on the question of earthly existence and divine actions. The British choreographer, who has roots in Bangladesh, interweaves elements from the Arabian culture with the North-Indian Kathak dance to create a compact, visually impressive, spiritual work.
For Vertical Road, Khan was inspired by the Persian author and philosopher Mewlana Rumi. Eight dancers from Asia, Europe and the Middle East storm through light and shade, dancing on winding paths between heaven and earth. The accompanying compositions were written by Nitin Sawhney, musical partner of Akram Khan for many years.
Akram Khan unites tradition and innovation: «I have to go back into my Bengali culture, back to Kathak, in order to understand the contemporary... through the contemporary aesthetic, ‹my› Kathak has a meaning again,» he says of his work methods between the cultures. Migros Culture Percentage Steps Dance Festival presents the Akram Khan Company for the second time following Bahok in 2008.
Production: in residence by Curve Theatre, Leicester, and DanceEast, Ipswich, England, Producer: Farooq Chaudhry, Co-production: ADACH, Abu Dhabi, Curve Theatre, Leicester, Sadler’s Wells, London, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, National Arts Center, Ottawa, Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona / Supported by Arts Council England, Sponsored by COLAS