Akram Khan Company (UK)
DESH is a full-length contemporary solo and the most personal work to date from celebrated choreographer and performer, Akram Khan. DESH, meaning ‘homeland’ in Bengali, draws 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 weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection. At once intimate and epic, DESH explores fragility in the face of natural forces, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the rhythms of labour, in dream and story, and in transformation and survival.
For this production, Khan teams up with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (Production Designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook.
Festival Conversations: stay for an in-depth conversation with the artists after the Tue 9 Sept, 7.30pm performance.
This production contains occasional strong language.
Latecomers will not be admitted.
This initiative is supported by Arts Queensland through the Super Star Fund, a Queensland Government program that delivers super star performances exclusive to the state.
Virgin Australia is an Airline Partner of Brisbane Festival.
Sponsored by COLAS.
Co-produced by MC2: Grenoble, Curve Leicester, Sadler’s Wells London, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Concertgebouw Brugge.
Produced during residencies at Curve, Leicester and MC2: Grenoble.
Supported by Arts Council England.
Akram Khan Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the Bangladesh High Commission, London.
Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler's Wells, London in a special international co-operation.
Photograph by Richard Haughton.