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Akram Khan, Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman exhibition, soldier-turned-novelist Kevin Powers

Akram Khan shows us around his studio at home and discusses a life in dance ahead of his final solo performance.

Iconic dancer and choreographer Akram Khan shows John around his studio at his home and discusses a life of dance, preparing for his final solo performance and what he plans to do now that he is retiring from the stage.

The Austrian artist Egon Schiele features alongside a young American photographer Francesca Woodman in a new exhibition Life In Motion at Tate Liverpool. The artists used their own naked bodies as the focus for their work at different ends of the 20th century and both died prematurely in their 20s. Co-curator Tamar Hemmes discusses the unlikely pairing.

The writer and former US soldier Kevin Powers gave the reader a visceral experience of the war in Iraq in his novel The Yellow Birds following his tour of duty there. Powers discusses his new novel A Shout in the Ruins, in which he gives us a similar experience, but this time focused on the American Civil War.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Hannah Robins.

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30 minutes


  • Akram Khan

    Duration: 10:59

  • Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman exhibition

    Duration: 06:26

  • Soldier-turned-novelist Kevin Powers

    Duration: 07:55

Akran Khan

Akran Khan

Akram Khan Company - XENOS is at Sadler's Wells, London  from 29 May - 09 June 2018, and at the Edinburgh Festival from 16 - 18 August 2018,

and at Curve, Leicester from 21 - 23 September 2018.

Images: Main image above: Imran Khan in Xenos, Image credit: JeanLouis Fernandez

Image to the left: a still from XEN, a 7-minute reimagined version of Akram Khan’s performance for the screen. Image credit: Illuminations Productions.

XEN is available to view online now.

Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman Exhibition

Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman Exhibition

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman is at Tate Liverpool until 23 September 2018.

Image: Male Figure Standing (Self-Portrait) 1914

Gouache and graphite on paper, National Gallery Prague

Credit: (c) National Gallery in Prague 2017

Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman exhibition

Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman exhibition

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman is at Tate Liverpol until 23 September 2018.

Image: Francesca Woodman, Eel Series, Venice, Italy 1978

Gelatin  silver  print 

ARTIST  ROOMS  Acquired  jointly  with  the  National  Galleries  of  Scotland  through  The  d'Offay  Donation  with  assistance  from  the  National  Heritage  Memorial  Fund  and  the  Art  Fund  2008

Image credit: ©  Courtesy  of  Charles  Woodman/Estate  of  Francesca  Woodman


Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers

A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers is out now.

Image: Kevin Powers

Image credit: Kelly Powers


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Interviewed Guest Akram Khan
Interviewed Guest Tamar Hemmes
Interviewed Guest Kevin Powers
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Hannah Robins




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