Akram Khan (dancer)
আকরাম হুসেইন খান
Khan in April 2010
Akram Hossain Khan
|Education||Contemporary dance, performing arts|
|Alma mater||De Montfort University|
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
|Organization||Akram Khan Company|
|Style||Contemporary dance, kathak|
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 Sir Pratap Pawar, later becoming his disciple. He began his stage career in the Adventures of Mowgli tour 1984–1985 produced by the Academy of Indian Dance, now Akademi South Asian Dance. At the age of 13, 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 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. Always one for collaboration, he founded it alongside former dancer and recently graduated arts manager, Farooq Chaudhry. His first full-length work Kaash, a collaboration with Anish Kapoor and Nitin Sawhney, was performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002.
"The rules of Khan’s new company 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."
As choreographer-in-residence and later associate artist at the Southbank Centre, 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. In 2005, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours for his services to dance.
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. He has made pieces for the Ballet Boyz and Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan.
The Manchester International Festival announced a co-production of Giselle between themselves English National Ballet and Sadler's Wells Theatre that was directed by Khan and performed at the Palace Theatre, Manchester in September 2016. The critically acclaimed production has now gone on tour to Bristol Hippodrome, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Sadler's Wells Theatre, London later in the year.
"Since its formation, Akram Khan Company has become undisputedly one of the foremost innovative dance companies in the world. Khan has become a global icon for his use of collaboration, ensemble production, and especially his unique mix of Kathak and contemporary movement. Akram Khan Company is an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and Curve Theatre in Leicester."
Awards, nominations and recognition
|2000||Jerwood Foundation||Choreography Award||Won|
|Time Out Live||Outstanding Newcomer to Dance Award||Won|
|The Critics' Circle National Dance Awards||Outstanding Newcomer to Dance Award||Won|
|2002||The Critics' Circle National Dance Awards||Best Modern Choreography||Won|
|Nijinsky Award||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|Dance Magazine||25 to Watch|
|2004||The International Movimentos Tanzpreis||Most Promising Newcomer in Dance||Won|
|An Honorary Doctorate of Arts from De Montfort University||Contribution to the UK arts community|
|2005||MBE||Services to dance|
|The South Bank Show Award||Won|
|Critics' Circle National Dance Award||Outstanding Male or Female Artist (Modern)||Won|
|2006||Laurence Olivier Award||Zero Degrees (Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Antony Gormley & Nitin Sawhney) for Best New Dance Production||Nominated|
|2007||International Theatre Institute||Excellence in International Dance Award||Won|
|Helpmann Awards, Sydney, Australia||Best Male Dancer||Won|
|Helpmann Awards, Sydney, Australia||Zero Degrees for "Best Choreography in a Ballet or Dance Work" Award||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)]||Nominated|
|South Bank Show Award||Won|
|The Age Critics Award||Outstanding new work for Vertical Road at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.||Won|
|2011||International Society for the Performing Arts||Distinguished Artist Award||Won|
|2012||Laurence Olivier Award||DESH – Akram Khan Company for Best New Dance Production||Won|
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- "Olympics opening ceremony role for dancer Akram Khan". BBC News. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
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- Williams, Verity (15 June 2016). "MIF's Giselle at The Palace Theatre, preview: Dancing to a different tune". Creative Tourist. Creative Tourist Ltd. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- "Giselle". mif.co.uk. Manchester International Festival. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016.
- Ferguson, Stephanie (20 November 2000). "Akram Khan Company". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
- "Akram Khan Company". Bahok2-Drama-Arts-China. British Council. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "Akram Khan". culturebase.net. 2 July 2003. Retrieved 30 May 2006. Akram Khan
- "Our Graduates". Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010. Akram Khan MBE
- "INI-Dance-Arts-China". Archived from the original on 16 May 2009. In-I by Akram Khan & Juliette Binoche
- "National Dance Awards Outstanding Male (Modern)". National Dance Awards. 2005. Retrieved 15 November 2010. Akram Khan
- "Laurence Olivier Awards the full nominations". The Times. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "Nominations for 2007 Helpmann Awards". Australian Stage. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "Olivier Winners 2006". Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
- "National Dance Awards finalists announced". Ballet News. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- "South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2011 nominees announced". Sky Arts. Archived from the original on 28 January 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- "And now ... it's the second annual M-ie awards". The Age. Melbourne. 14 November 2010.
- "International Society For Performing Arts". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Akram Khan – 2011 Distinguished Artist Award Recipient
- "Akram Khan thanks Leicester's Curve theatre for Olivier win". BBC Local News Leicester. BBC. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
- Akram Khan Company website
- Archive film of Akram Khan Dance Company performing Kaash ("If") in 2003 at Jacob's Pillow
- Mackrell, Judith. All the right moves. The Guardian. 4 April 2001
- Gilbert, Jenny. An audience with the rhythm king. The Independent. 20 April 2003
- Acocella, Joan. Hard and Fast: What an Indian tradition can do for modern dance. The New Yorker. 23 October 2006
- Crisp, Clement. Akram Khan, Sadler’s Wells, London. Financial Times. 17 November 2009
- Poulton, Lindsay. Dancer Akram Khan: 'My body is my voice'. The Guardian. 9 December 2009
- Mackerell, Judith. MoveTube: Why Akram Khan will command the Olympic stadium. The Guardian. 27 July 2012