Akram Khan (dancer)

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Akram Khan
MBE
Akram Khan.jpg
Khan in April 2010
Native name আকরাম হুসেইন খান
Born Akram Hossain Khan
(1974-07-29) 29 July 1974 (age 40)
Wimbledon, Merton, London, England
Residence Wimbledon, Merton, London, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Bengali
Education Contemporary Dance, Performing Arts
Alma mater De Montfort University
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Occupation Dancer, choreographer
Years active 1987–present
Organization Akram Khan Company
Style Contemporary dance, kathak
Religion Islam
Website
www.akramkhancompany.net

Akram Hossain Khan, MBE (Bengali: আকরাম হুসেইন খান; born 29 July 1974) is an English dancer of Bangladeshi descent. His background is rooted in his classical kathak training and contemporary dance.

Career[edit]

Khan was born in Wimbledon, London, England into a family from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He began dancing and trained in the classical South Asian 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.[1]

Following later studies in Contemporary Dance at De Montfort University[2] and Performing Arts at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and a period working with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Brussels based X-Group project, he began presenting solo performances of his work in the 1990s.

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.[3]

As choreographer-in-residence and later associate artist at the Southbank Centre,[4] he presented a recital with Pandit Birju Maharaj and Sri Pratap Pawar; and A God of Small Tales, a piece for mature women for which he collaborated with writer Hanif Kureishi. He remained an associate artist at the Southbank Centre until April 2005, the first non-musician to be afforded this status, and is currently an associate artist at Sadler's Wells Theatre.[5] In 2005, he was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours for his services to dance.[6]

In 2008, he co-starred with Juliette Binoche in a dance-drama piece called in-i at the Royal National Theatre, London.[7]

In summer 2006, Khan was invited by Kylie Minogue to choreograph a section of her Showgirl concert. Khan appeared as a huge projection behind the singer as she performed. The songs were set in an Indian temple scenario, inspired by a trip Minogue made to Sri Lanka.[8] He has made pieces for the Ballet Boyz and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.[9]

Akram Khan Company performing Vertical Road at Curve Theatre, Leicester in November 2010

Khan and his dance company performed at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Live music was provided by Emile Sande singing 'Abide With Me'.[10][11][12]

Awards, nominations and recognition[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2000 Jerwood Foundation Choreography Award[13] Won
Time Out Live Outstanding Newcomer to Dance Award[14] Won
The Critics' Circle National Dance Awards Outstanding Newcomer to Dance Award[14] Won
2002 The Critics' Circle National Dance Awards Best Modern Choreography[15] Won
Nijinsky Award Best Newcomer[14] Nominated
Dance Magazine 25 to Watch[14]
2004 The International Movimentos Tanzpreis Most Promising Newcomer in Dance[14] Won
An Honorary Doctorate of Arts from De Montfort University Contribution to the UK arts community[16]
2005 MBE Services to dance[6]
The South Bank Show Award[17] Won
Critics’ Circle National Dance Award Outstanding Male or Female Artist (Modern)[17] Won
2006 Laurence Olivier Award (Zero Degrees - Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherckaoui, Antony Gormley & Nitin Sawhney) for Best New Dance Production[18] Nominated
2007 International Theatre Institute Excellence in International Dance Award[5] Won
Helpmann Awards, Sydney, Australia Best Male Dancer[19] Won
Helpmann Awards, Sydney, Australia Zero Degrees for “Best Choreography in a Ballet or Dance Work” Award[20] Won
2010 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards [Akram Khan Company dancers - Eulalia Ayguade Farro (Vertical Road, Bahok) & Yoshie Sunahata (Gnosis) for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)][21] Nominated
South Bank Show Award[22] Won
The Age Critics Award Outstanding new work for Vertical Road at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.[23] Won
2011 International Society for the Performing Arts Distinguished Artist Award[24] Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akram Khan: 'You have to become a warrior'". London: The Independent. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "De Montfort University". Retrieved 3 September 2010.  Akram Khan
  3. ^ "British Bengali Success Stories". BritBangla. Retrieved 10 May 2011.  Akram Khan
  4. ^ "Southbank Centre History". Southbank Centre. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Associate artists". Sadler's Wells Theatre. Retrieved 23 September 2010.  Akram Khan
  6. ^ a b "Birthday Honours: MBE (Hopkins - Moore)". The Independent. 11 June 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "in-i - Productions - National Theatre". Retrieved 2008-10-20.  Akram Khan
  8. ^ Blanchard, Tamsin (1 March 2008). "Akram Khan's body language". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Roy, Sanjoy (23 September 2009). "Step-by-step guide to dance: Akram Khan". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Olympics opening ceremony role for dancer Akram Khan". BBC News. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Akram Khan upset over NBC Olympic ceremony snub". BBC News. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Akram Khan 'disappointed' NBC failed to show his dance at Olympics opening ceremony". The Daily Telegraph. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Ferguson, Stephanie (20 November 2000). "Akram Khan Company". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "Akram Khan Company". Bahok2-Drama-Arts-China. British Council. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "Akram Khan". culturebase.net. 2 July 2003. Retrieved 30 May 2006.  Akram Khan
  16. ^ "Our Graduates". Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Retrieved 15 November 2010.  Akram Khan MBE
  17. ^ a b "INI-Dance-Arts-China".  In-I by Akram Khan & Juliette Binoche
  18. ^ "Laurence Olivier Awards the full nominations". The Times. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  19. ^ "Nominations for 2007 Helpmann Awards". Australian Stage. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "Olivier Winners 2006". Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "National Dance Awards finalists announced". Ballet News. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  22. ^ "South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2011 nominees announced". Sky Arts. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  23. ^ "And now ... it's the second annual M-ie awards". Melbourne: The Age. 14 November 2010. 
  24. ^ "International Society For Performing Arts".  Akram Khan - 2011 Distinguished Artist Award Recipient

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