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Akram Khan

Katie Derham meets the choreographer and dancer Akram Khan as he undertakes his last performing role in a full length piece with Xenos for Sadler Wells.

Katie Derham meets the choreographer and dancer Akram Khan as he undertakes his last performing role in a full length piece with Xenos for Sadler Wells.
The programme explores Akram's background in traditional Indian Kathak dance, and looks back over his career to date, focusing on his collaborations with composers such as Nitin Sahwney, Jocelyn Pook, Steve Reich and Vincenzo Lamagna. Akram also talks about his version of Giselle, which appear in cinemas this week, and about his new piece Xenos, which receives its UK premiere next month.

Continuing with the Indian dance theme, Katie's Classic Score of the Week is Ludwig Minkus's "La Bayadere".

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34 minutes

Music Played

  • Adolphe Adam

    Giselle (Introduction to Act 1)

    Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Mark Ermler.
    • ROYAL OPERA HOUSE : ROH007.
    • ROYAL OPERA HOUSE.
    • 1.
  • Steve Anderson

    Temple Prequel

    Performer: Kylie Minogue.
    • Kylie ‎– Showgirl Homecoming Live.
    • Parlophone.
    • 7.
  • Trad India

    Tarana

    Ensemble: Music Ensemble of Benares.
    • Music Ensemble Of Benares presents - Kathak Dance.
    • Boulevard Records.
    • 4.
  • Trad India

    Shiva Vandana

    Ensemble: Music Ensemble of Benares.
    • Music Ensemble Of Benares presents - Kathak Dance.
    • Boulevard Records.
    • 1.
  • Ravi Shani

    Kathak - Raga Nada Biravi

    Ensemble: Unknown ensemble.
    • Ravi Shani ‎– Indian Music & Instruments.
    • Selected Sound.
    • 8.
  • Zakir Hussain

    Ghungrod ki uthhan

    Performer: Pt. Birju Maharaj.
    • Rhythm in the Landscape”.
    • NAVRAS RECORDS.
    • 3.
  • Hans Zimmer

    Blade Runner

    Composer: Benjamin Wallfisch. Performer: Hans Zimmer. Performer: Benjamin Wallfisch.
    • Blade Runner 2049 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Alcon Sleeping Giant Records.
    • 11.
  • Nitin Sawhney

    Kaash

    Performer: Nitin Sawhney.
    • courtesy Akram Khan Dance Company.
  • Nitin Sawhney

    Courting (iTMOi - in the mind of igor)

    Singer: Tanja Tzarovska. Singer: Jocelyn Pook. Singer: Voya Zivkovic. Singer: Melanie Pappenheim. Singer: Manickam Yogeswaren.
    • POOK MUSIC : PM002D.
    • POOK MUSIC.
    • 2.
  • Jocelyn Pook

    Hallelujah (Desh)

    Singer: Jeremy Schonfield. Singer: Melanie Pappenheim. Singer: Tanja Tzarovska. Orchestra: Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Jocelyn Pook: Desh.
    • Pook Music.
    • 1.
  • Steve Reich

    Variations for Vibes, Strings and Pianos (iii. Fast)

    Ensemble: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Alan Pierson.
    • Reich: Daniel Variations.
    • NONESUCH.
    • 7.
  • Adolphe Adam

    Giselle

    Composer: Vincenzo Lamagna. Orchestra: English National Ballet Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • courtesy English National Ballet.
  • Vincenzo Lamagna

    Music from Xenos

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Composer: Träd. Ensemble: Ensemble.
    • courtesy Akram Khan Dance Company.
  • Ludwig Minkus

    La Bayadère (Act 1 Finale No 27 Allegro)

    Performer: Stephanie Gonley. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA : 4369172.
    • DECCA.
    • 25.
  • Adolphe Adam

    Giselle (Act 2 Finale)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : SMK 42450.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 33.

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