First I don’t get the name? Most newspapers call him Akram Kahn, but it should be Akram Khan. Anyway who is he and why is the dance world all abuzz about his performances and his show?
bq. Toronto Star writes, “London-based Kahn, the 29-year-old son of Bangladeshi immigrants, grew up dancing Kathak, the classical dance of northern India. His choreography was shaped by subsequent training in contemporary dance, ballet and the modern techniques of Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. To say he is a dynamic performer would be an understatement. Hailed by critics wherever his company performs, Kahn is to dance what Hanif Kureishi is to English literature, a dazzling stylist, mixing elements of East and West into a new form of expression.”
Anyway there is more..
bq. Back in 2000, Kahn was awarded best newcomer by the Critic’s Circle’s Dance Section and Time Out Live. Two years later, the South Bank Dance Show Awards nominated him for Best Choreography, and in April 2003, Kahn became Associate Artist to the London’s Royal Festival Hall. (from Jerusalem Post)
The inspiration for Kaash came from the character of Shiva, known in Hindu mythology as the Destroyer, who contains the potential for regeneration, Kahn told the Jerusalem Post.