Akram Khan Company | London

Akram Khan Company | London

Chotto Desh


artistic direction, choreography: Akram Khan
DESH direction, original choreography: Akram Khan
CHOTTO DESH direction, adaptation: Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)
music: Jocelyn Pook
lighting design: Guy Hoare
stories imagined by: Karthika Naïr, Akram Khan (the grandmother's fable is taken from the book The Honey Hunter)
written by: Karthika Naïr, Sue Buckmaster, Akram Khan
assistant choreographer: Jose Agudo
voices: Leesa Gazi (grandmother), Sreya Andrisha Gazi (Jui)
original visual design: Tim Yip
original visual animation: Yeast Culture
original costume supervisor: Kimie Nakano
sound design, AV engineer: Alex Stein
music engineer: Steve Parr
costume reconstruction advisor: Martina Trottmann
technical producer: Sander Loonen (Arp Theatre)
sound, av engineer: Matthew Armstrong
technical manager: Paul Moorhouse
rehearsal director: Amy Butler
stage manager: Anne-Marie Bigby
painted head sequence created by: Damien Jalet, Akram Khan
‘Bleeding Soles’ lyrics written by: Leesa Gazi
singers: Melanie Pappenheim, Sohini Alam, Jocelyn Pook (voice/viola/piano), Tanja Tzarovska, Jeremy Schonfield
photos: Richard Haughton


premiere: DanceEast, Ipswich, 2015
duration: 50’


performers: Dennis Alamanos or Nicolas Ricchini


We gratefully acknowledge the artists who contributed to the original production of DESH by Akram Khan Company. Co-commissioned by: MOKO Dance, Akram Khan Company, Sadler's Wells London, DanceEast, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon 2016 and Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Supported by: Arts Council England.


Recommended age 7-16 and their families.

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“Chotto Desh“, meaning “small homeland“, draws on Khan’s unique quality of cross-cultural storytelling, creating a compelling tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. Using a unique mix of dance, text, visuals and sound, “Chotto Desh“ celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world and promises to be a magical, thrilling and poignant dance theatre experience for families to enjoy together.


Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over 16 years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as “Until the Lions“, “Kaash“, “DESH“, “iTMOi“, “Bahok“, “Vertical Road“, “Gnosis“ and “zero degrees“. An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographers/dancers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Israel Galván, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. Khan’s work is recognised as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist "who speaks tremendously of tremendous things", a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, which was received with unanimous acclaim. Khan has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the Fred and Adele Astaire Award, the Herald Archangel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and six Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. Khan was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Honorary Graduate of University of London as well as Roehampton and De Montfort Universities, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban. Khan is Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, London. He was a creator of the 2009 Dance Day Message, for WDA ITI UNESCO.


Co-founded in 2000 by award-winning choreographer Akram Khan and producer Farooq Chaudhry, the Akram Khan Company has established itself as one of the foremost innovative dance companies, performing to sell-out audiences in leading festivals and venues around the world. Embracing Khan’s artistic vision that both respects and challenges tradition and modernity, the Company has become renowned for its intercultural, interdisciplinary collaborations, and has developed a significant range of works from classical kathak and modern solos to artist-to-artist duets and ensemble productions. A milestone in the Company’s journey was the creation of a section of the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2012. The Company has been showered with prestigious honours including an Olivier Award for “DESH“ and a record-breaking six Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Akram Khan Company is currently practitioner-in-residence at University of the Arts London, and enjoys artistic associations with Sadler’s Wells in London and Curve Theatre in Leicester.


A heart-warming story of our connections to the past, to family and, most importantly, of the need to find your own path... will captivate an audience of any age.
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Izuzetni dragulj plesnog teatra, u kome istinski može uživati svako, bez obzira na uzrast i poreklo.
© London Dance

Exquisite gem of dance theatre, which could truthfully be enjoyed by anyone of any age or background..
© A Younger Theatre

There is a lot to enjoy in this finely made production.
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