Showing the Best of Akram Khan


There is good news for the art and culture loving Londoners and London tourists those planning to visit from 11th June 2013 to 15th June 2013. You would be lucky to witness the famous award-winning show Desh, by the renowned dancer and choreographer, Akram Khan, at Sadler’s Wells on Rosebery Avenue in London. Sadler’s Wells has seen two successful runs of this full-length contemporary solo, in the past. After its two major successes in London he returns for a third run. So this would be an exciting and much awaited event for those who had missed the performance in the past or never experienced it. Desh had made its international exposure at the Curve theatre in Liecester, as the first full-length and most individual creation of Akram Khan on 15th September 2011 and had won critical acclaim and is a highly celebrated show worldwide.

Sadler’s Well had the first show on 4th October 2011. The duration of the show is 80 minutes without interval during which Akram Khan would bring to life the concepts that he has woven drawing his inspiration from how the elements of nature affect the lives of people in Bangladesh and their story of struggle and resilience to survive in an unstable world vulnerable to such forces unifying and expressing in unison in one man. This masterpiece has won unanimous praise and won the Oliver award for the most innovative dance production so performing arts enthusiasts should never let go of this opportunity to experience the thrill and verve of the fluid performance of the master artist and enjoy an arty flavor of a different variety.

Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair, Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook and slam poet PolarBear are the big names with whom Akram Khan collaborated to bring out this stellar production to enthrall the audience.

The tale of vulnerability and sustainability exquisitely conceptualized by the fine choreographer has successfully woven together the tales of pathos and victory of humans brought to magnificent depiction and pristine narration by his subtle body movements and theatrical grandeur of the performance in its holistic approach. Tickets can be purchased from £12 onwards. Khan is also accredited with his performance at the opening ceremony of the London Games, 2012 when he danced to Abide With Me sung by Emili Sande, around the theme of mortality.