"Akram Khan is a true choreographer...someone who asks what it is to be human and provides the answers in dance."
-The London Evening Standard
February 8 & 10 • 7:30pm
February 11 • 8:00pm
February 12 • 3:00pm
Alexander Kasser Theater
Artistic Director - Akram Khan
Choreography by Akram Khan
Composer Nitin Sawhney
Lighting Design by Jesper Kongshaug
Costume Design by Kimie Nakano
Set conceived by Akram Khan, Kimie Nakano, Jesper Kongshaug
JUST ANNOUNCED! Vertical Road is the winner of the 2011 Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography!
Akram Khan uses his body as a voice, one that strives to speak clearly in a chaotic world. Recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Artist Award by the International Society for the Performing Arts, Khan blends eastern and western traditions (including those of his ancestral home, Bangladesh) into a vibrant expression of our shared humanity that obliterates the borders of both genre and geography.
Vertical Road (The Age Critics’ Award for Best New Work, 2010) aims to change the direction of our stream of consciousness. This transcendent production is a meditation on humanity’s constant struggle between gravity and grace, drawing inspiration from the Sufi tradition and the words of beloved Persian poet and philosopher Rumi.
NOTICE: The previously scheduled performances of Akram Khan Company's Gnosis on February 9th and 12th will no longer be taking place. Instead, a fourth production of Vertical Road will take place on Sunday, February 12 at 3pm. Also, please be aware that there will be no late seating for this performance, so please make sure you arrive on campus at least 30 minutes prior to allow for parking and other considerations. Thank you!
Vertical Road is sponsored by COLAS and supported by Arts Council England. Co-produced by ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage), Curve Leicester, Sadler’s Wells London, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona.