Akram Khan
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Akram Khan was born 29 July 1974 in London, England into a family of Bangladeshi heritage. He began dancing and trained in the classical Indian dance form of Kathak at the age of seven. He studied with Sri Pratap Pawar, later becoming his disciple. He began his stage career at the age of 13, when he was cast in Peter Brook’s Shakespeare Company production of Mahabharata, touring the world between 1987 and 1989 and appearing in the televised version of the play broadcast in 1988.
Following later studies in Contemporary Dance at De Montfort University and Northern School of Contemporary Dance he received the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship t to study at Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s P.A.R.T.S (Performing Arts Research and Training Studio) school in Brussels where he participated in the X-Group project for six months. This is a prestigious choreographic platform for young choreographers to develop their own movement language. He experimented with material using four dancers. This concluded with the presentation of Rush as a work in progress. During this period, he also performed the solo work, Loose in Flight (1995) at British Dance Edition in Newcastle.
In August 2000, he launched Akram Khan Company. His first full-length work Kaash, a collaboration with Anish Kapoor and Nitin Sawhney, was performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002. In 2008, he co-starred with Juliette Binoche in a dance-drama piece called in-i at the National Theatre, London.
DESH (2011), Khan’s first full-length contemporary solo, is a part-autobiographical work which is at once intimate yet epic. Khan’s latest contemporary ensemble work Vertical Road (2010) and recent creation Gnosis (2009), where he combined his classical Indian and contemporary dance roots, received critical acclaim and continue to tour worldwide. In 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Live music was provided by Emile Sande singing ‘Abide With Me’. He has won numerous awards for his choreography and dancing including: A Timeout Live, Outstanding Newcomer to Dance Award 2000, an MBE for services to dance 2005, Helpmann Award Sydney, Best Male Dancer 2007 and the International Society for the Performing Arts, Distinguished Artist Award 2011.

Akram Khan – DESH official trailer