Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Akram Khan's Journey

A multitude of influences and wide-ranging interests come together in the work of the intrepid and acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan, who brings two works to New York City Center beginning April 23.

After establishing himself as a major force on the British dance scene in his mid-twenties, his work was first seen in New York in 2001--most recently in collaboration with Steve Reich marking the seminal composer's 70th birthday in 2006.

His own strong presence as a performer--a fluent, inventive blending of Kathak, the South Indian dance style that was his earliest training, with the contemporary modern dance he studied later--has been a major part of each of the works seen this side of the Atlantic. But next month, New York City Center will present his newest work, bahok, the first major group work he has created in several years, and his first piece choreography in which he will not perform--a distinction that, he admits, "feels really strange and bizarre."

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