Akram Khan

... is a leading British dancer and choreographer, acclaimed for the vitality he brings to cross-cultural expression, influenced by his training in Western contemporary dance and Kathak, the Indian classical genre.Performing all around the world as a teenager, he worked with Pandit Ravi Shankar in "The Jungle Book", and in Peter Brook's "Mahabharata". Following his graduation from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where he received the highest mark ever for a Performing Arts degree, he worked with Jonathan Burrows and won a coveted place on the X-Group project organised by P.A.R.T.S., Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Brussels based school.

Akram launched his own company in 2000. His repertoire since then has included "Polaroid Feet" and "Ronin", two Kathak solos; "Related Rocks", a major collaboration with the London Sinfonietta to a Magnus Lindburg score; and "Kaash", the hugely successful collaboration with Anish Kapoor and Nitin Sawnhey,. As Choreographer-in-Residence and later as an Associate Artist at the South Bank Centre, Akram also initiated "Eye-Con", an education project with teenagers; a recital with Guru Maharaj and his own guru Sri Pratap Pawar; and "A God of Small Tales", a piece for mature women for which he collaborated with writer, Hanif Kureishi.

The subject of a full length television documentary for ITV's South Bank Show, Akram has been the recipient of many awards, including Outstanding Newcomer to Dance (2000) for both Dance Critics' Circle and Time Out Magazine, the Jerwood Foundation Choreography Award, Best Modern Choreography 2003 by the Dance Critics' Circle, and International Movimentos Tanzpreis 2004 (Berlin) for Most Promising Newcomer in Dance. He was nominated for the Nijinsky Award at the Monaco Dance Forum and "Kaash" was awarded as the best dance show in France in 2002 by the French magazine "Les Inrockuptibles". Akram Khan is currently Associate Artist at London's South Bank Centre, the first non-musician to be afforded this status.

In July 2004 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from De Montfort University (UK).

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