Akram Khan

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Novel Dance 2013 - Akram Khan DESH

In partnership with Novel Hall for Performing Arts, we brought Akram Khan, a renowned English choreographer and performer to Taiwan with his very own and unique piece DESH. 

DESH was a new full-length contemporary solo and the most personal work to date from Akram Khan. Meaning ‘homeland’ in Bengali, it drew multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world. Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaved threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection. At once intimate and epic, DESH explored fragility in the face of natural forces, and celebrated the resilience of the human spirit in the rhythms of labour, in dream and story, and in transformation and survival.

For this production, Khan teamed up with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip, fellow Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair and Olivier award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook.

The show attracted nearly 4000 viewers and more than 400 people attended the after-show talk.