Danceworks presents
Full-day Repertoire workshop


TUESDAY 1st May 2018 – 10:00-16.00

 PRICE: £65/(£3 booking fee applies if booked online)

     Red card members £60 (must be purchased with Danceworks reception)

Intermediate / Advanced Levels

16 +





Akram Khan Dance Company journeys across boundaries to create uncompromising artistic narratives.

In July 1999 in the foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, an animated and curiosity-filled conversation took place between the young gifted dancer/choreographer Akram Khan and an ambitious former dancer and just recently graduated arts manager Farooq Chaudhry. That conversation laid the foundation stone for a dynamic collaboration, culminating in the creation of Akram Khan Company one year later.

Inspired by Akram Khan’s early training in the Indian classical dance form Kathak, and the hybrid language that organically emerged when Akram’s kathak training encountered contemporary dance in his teens, a vision began to form, fuelled by a desire to learn and create through collaboration with the very best people across all the disciplines in the arts.

The rules were simple: take risks, think big and daring, explore the unfamiliar, avoid compromise and tell stories through dance that are compelling and relevant, with artistic integrity.

Akram Khan Company produces thoughtful, provocative and ambitious dance productions for the international stage.

Akram Khan takes human themes and works with others to take them to new and unexpected places – embracing and collaborating with other cultures and disciplines.

The dance language in each production is rooted in Akram Khan’s classical Kathak and modern dance training and his fascination with storytelling. The work continually evolves to communicate ideas that are intelligent, courageous and new, bringing with it international acclaim and recognition as well as artistic and commercial success.

Akram Khan Dance Company journeys across boundaries to create uncompromising artistic narratives.


Ching-Ying Chien – Workshop Leader

Ching-Ying Chien was born in Taiwan and graduated from the National Taiwan University of Arts. She has collaborated with choreographer Fang-Yi Sheu and has created work with numerous Taiwanese choreographers. For Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, she worked as a physical model during the production of his Day and Night – a large-scale gunpowder drawing. Since 2013 she has been working with Akram Khan Company, devising material and performing in iTMOi (2013) and Until the Lions (2016). In 2017, she won the “Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)” award for her performance in Until the Lions at the UK National Dance Awards.



Photo by: ©Jean-Louis Fernandez






  Photo by: ©Jean-Louis Fernandez


Workshop Details

Beginning with a warm-up developed through some of the aspects of Akram’s work, participants will be able to explore their own creativity through exercises and tasks focusing on rhythm, speed, cycles and silence. The workshop will develop into learning phrases of movement from Akram Khan Company Repertoire. This workshop is open to Intermediate / Advanced  dancers.


Limited availability, booked on a first come first served basis. We regret that Danceworks cannot make any refunds. Please make sure you can make the date before committing to this workshop.