21 February to 27 February

Authentic and innovative, with a style that incorporates Indian kathak while simultaneously contrasting it with contemporary dance, Akram Khan, the celebrated dancer and choreographer, has amassed a major body of work over 17 years spent performing on stages around the world. With his virtuosic, alluring, multicultural dance, he has the talent to keep his audience transfixed wherever he finds himself.

Rooted in an ancient culture he was taught from early childhood but representative, too, of a generation of immigrants who were called upon to espouse the Westernness of the country in which they grew up without forgetting where they had come from, Akram Khan helped shape a new British cultural scene in the 1990s and 2000s. From his earliest works on, the music—through his collaboration with Nitin Sawhney, and the stage set/artwork—through his association with celebrated sculptors like Anish Kapoor, have shared the spotlight with his dance. He sometimes appears alone and sometimes shares the stage with artists from other dance idioms, as he did with the famed Flamenco artist Israel Galván (we recently enjoyed the duo at the OCC) and the renowned classical performer, Sylvie Guillem.

In his latest work, whose title is—and chance had no role to play in his choice—the Greek word ‘XENOS’ [stranger/Other], he will be dancing alone but accompanied on stage by five distinguished musicians. The world première of Akram Khan’s latest work at the OCC will be an event of international significance and the culmination of many years of successful collaboration between the artist and the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens.

Location: Onassis Cultural Center / Main Stage (map)
Duration: 21-27 FEB 2018 / 20:30

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