Archive for Akram Khan

Warriors, dust and spirituality: ‘Vertical Road’ (Akram Khan)

Posted in dance with tags , , , , on December 4, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

Whenever a choreographer turns the volume of his music up, I get suspicious. Because I know he desperately wants to entrance me. And I take a step backwards instead of letting myself get carried away. Which is exactly what happened during Vertical road, by Akram Khan at deSingel (Antwerp). (And don’t get me wrong: I’m a fan of Nitin Sawhney, who composed the soundtrack for this choreography.) What I want to say is this: in spite of his good intentions, his artistry and the sheer beauty of his performance, it’s too bad when a choreographer wants to force his aesthetics upon you. Vertical road will return to Belgium, next year, for performances in Turnhout, Brugge and Gent.

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Les SlovaKs are a bit too fond of their roots

Posted in dance with tags , , , , , on November 21, 2009 by Utopia Parkway

Les SlovaKs. With such a name, you’d almost think they are a circus act. But no: Les SlovaKs Dance Collective consists of five dancers who have performed with contemporary dance companies such as Rosas, Ultima Vez (Wim Vandekeybus) and Akram Khan Company. As I had missed the first performance of these gifted guys, I was really curious to see their new one, Journey Home. It premiered yesterday at Brussels’ Kaaitheater.

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