Akram Khan Company: Bahok

In "bahok," co-presented by the Walker Art Center and Northrop Dance, choreographer Akram Khan brings together dancers from China, Spain, Slovakia, India, South Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa. As characters stranded in some kind of transit zone (an airport?), they try to communicate, Tower of Babel-style, with one another. Each tells (or rather dances, though there is some text) his or her own story; the source material comes directly from these multinational artists. Khan originally created the work as an experiment for the National Ballet of China. Now he has combined members of his own contemporary group, British-based Akram Khan Company, with the NBC dancers. Born in London of immigrant parents from Bengali, Khan understands both the sense of displacement and cultural fusion—and sometimes confusion—that permeates our global culture. His dance partakes in traditional Indian Kathak, English modern, and hip-hop dance forms, as well as a powerful theatrical bent (he has worked with Brit director Peter Brook and performed with French actress Juliette Binoche). In "bahok" he joins forces with composer Nitin Sawhney, who has created a score that incorporates Chinese and Indian themes, and with designers Fabiana Piccioli and Sander Loonen. It is a truly international collaboration. (Photo by Hugo Glendinning)
Wed., March 3, 8 p.m., 2010
 
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