In the final programme of the series, Hardeep Singh Kohli talks to the dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, who is currently preparing for his part in the opening ceremony for the Olympics. He talks to Hardeep between rehearsals.
One of the country's leading dance artists, winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production this year, Akram Khan has dazzled audiences since he founded his Company twelve years ago. With a technique that began with his study of Indian Kathak dance, and was followed by his work in contemporary dance styles, his productions and performances are a unique blend of influences.
The words 'speed', 'energy', 'stillness' and 'serenity' are used to describe the impact he has on audiences, and he talks to Hardeep about that aspect of his art and approach to life. Indian classical dance forms are based on nine emotions, including shanta (serenity). Khan talks about the spiritual side of his art, and his belief that dance offers a brief moment to dream.
Producer: Richard Bannerman
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