Born in London in 1974 to a Bangladeshi family, Akram Khan was 7 when he started learning kathak, a traditional Indian dance. At age 13, he performed in Peter Brook's Mahâbhârata. A dancer and choreographer, he founded his company with Farooq Chaudhry in 2000, a space for original creations bringing together tradition and contemporary dance. His shows, like the section he created for the Olympic ceremony in London in 2012, are both vital and diverse, thanks to his many collaborations (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sylvie Guillem, Nitin Sawhney, Juliette Binoche, Anish Kapoor, etc.). Akram Khan is known and celebrated throughout the world; this is his first time at the Festival d'Avignon.
Portrait © Max Barnett