Akram Khan brings DESH dance masterpiece back to the UK

“DESH is as transporting a piece of dance as I have ever seen”

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The Telegraph

“…the most urgent, beautiful and confident work of his career”

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The Guardian

“DESH is a masterpiece, the best thing that he has ever done.”

The Observer

PERFORMANCE DATES: 2 – 9 October 2012, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN

DESH is the smash hit show from Akram Khan and has been receiving a great deal of praise from critics including winning an Olivier award, and being nominated for another award. This is the first time that Khan has returned to the international dance stage after injuring his Achilles tendon last year. This meant that various productions were postponed, however he has returned and is on fine form as ever.

DESH, meaning ‘homeland’ in Bengali, is one of Khan’s most personal works to date. At once intimate and epic, DESH explores human fragility in the face of natural forces, confronts the power of our personal heritage and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.

Moving between Britain and Bangladesh DESH creates a completely new environment on stage that symbolises and embodies the chaos, but also hope of Bangladesh and its people.

For DESH, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Khan has teamed up with a world-class assemblage of collaborators:

Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

Fellow Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and lighting designer Michael Hulls

Writer and poet Karthika Nair

Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook

Slam-poet PolarBear

Akram Khan says:  “2012 has been a incredible year for Akram Khan Company with my Achilles tendon injury, involvement in the Olympics Opening Ceremony and now DESH returning to Sadler’s Wells. It was heartbreaking to cancel the Sadler’s Wells dates earlier in February this year and I am excited to perform there once again.

“The voice of this journey is Bengali, the first language and sounds I heard as a child.  Bengali provokes thoughts of home, but despite being at my core, I cannot dream or think in Bengali, only in English.  This duality of self, of origin and of lives lived is explored through DESH, together with the elements of earth and water that are central to Bangladeshi culture and the sad reality that Bangladesh is likely to be one of the first countries to perish under the rising sea levels caused by world environmental pollution: our disposable culture wiping away the country of my ancestors.”

DESH is sponsored by COLAS, and co-produced by MC2: Grenoble, Curve Theatre, Leicester, Sadler’s Wells London, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Concertgebouw Brugge.  The work has been produced during residencies at Curve Theatre, Leicester and MC2: Grenoble.

Akram Khan is an Associate Artist of MC2: Grenoble and Sadler’s Wells, London in a special international co-operation.

Akram Khan Company is supported by Arts Council England.