NAC Dance

Akram Khan, choreographer, performer and Artistic Director, Akram Khan Company (1/3)

9 December 2013 26:46

In this first of three episodes, the celebrated British choreographer-performer Akram Khan talks about his very early training and performing in kathak, the north Indian classical dance form. At the age of 10 he joins the acting cast of the stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and at 13 he tours the world with Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata. His return home at 15 is followed by an extreme and solitary journey into dance. While seeking admission to the contemporary dance program of De Montfort University in Leicester (UK), he discovers the work of Pina Bausch and DV8. This first exposure to contemporary dance leaves him shocked.